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Recent accomplishments of CDFW's scientific community


CDFW’s Science Institute: Providing Our Scientists with the Tools for Success

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CDFW is a department with about 1,200 employees in scientific classifications, spread from Yreka in the north to Blythe in the southeast. Their expertise spans a broad spectrum of subjects – wildlife management, fisheries management, marine issues, habitat conservation and restoration, veterinary science, pathology, genetics, invasive species and so much more.

Banding Together: Two Pacific Flyway States Share Resources to Manage Geese

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Every September, California Department of Fish and Wildlife waterfowl biologist Melanie Weaver sets off on an unusual business trip. She packs up a trailer with huge nets, wire, rockets, crates and a number of VHF collars. She makes the seven-hour drive to Summer Lake, in southern Oregon’s high desert country, and settles in for a waterfowl capture project of indeterminate length.

CDFW Bands Together with NWTF to Benefit Wild Turkey Hunters

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Recent efforts to determine the number of turkeys on the Upper Butte Wildlife Area have been a net success.