Declining seabird may drop off the endangered list

Milstein, Michael
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p6
This article reports that according to an announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it may remove the marbled murrelet, a small seabird, from the list of endangered species. The announcement came in October 2005. Murrelet is a robin-sized bird, which lays its eggs on the moss-covered branches of old-growth trees. It has hampered Northwest logging for more than a decade. Scientists say that the species is on the verge of extinction in Oregon, Washington and California. However, the officials in the U.S. administration believes that the birds in these states do not differ enough from more numerous murrelets in Canada and Alaska to earn protection on their own. According to a draft report released by the biologists in the Fish and Wildlife Service's regional office in Portland, Oregon, there were clear enough differences between murrelet populations to necessitate the protection of the birds in the Northwest. The report also indicated that the loss of any murrelet populations would compromise long-term viability.


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