WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — The American Bird Conservancy says it’s pleased with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to keep the Marbled Murrelet listed as an endangered species.
“There is no question that the Fish and Wildlife Service made the right call,” said George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy. “We appreciate the agency’s commitment to sound science as reflected by this listing decision. The Marbled Murrelet is a rapidly declining, fascinating species that is in urgent need of additional, rather than less, protection.”
The organization said last week’s decision — rejecting a proposal from the previous administration to eliminate the birds’ protection — marks a new beginning for the conservation of the species.
“The most recent status review of the murrelet concluded that if the current trend of a (4 percent to 7 percent) annual decline continues, the species will be extinct in Washington, Oregon and California outside of the Puget Sound area,” said Steve Holmer, senior policy adviser for the American Bird Conservancy.
A diminutive seabird found from the Aleutian Islands and the southern coast of Alaska south to northern California, the Marbled Murrelet is ranked high on the U.S. WatchList, a listing of birds of conservation concern that was developed by scientists from the American Bird Conservancy and National Audubon Society.
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