For the primary time in 13 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has up to date its record of Birds of Conservation Concern, a report mandated by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1988.
The brand new report identifies 269 chook species, subspecies, or populations (collectively referred to as taxa) that characterize excessive conservation priorities for FWS and deserve proactive consideration.
It doesn’t embody 88 taxa which can be protected by the Endangered Species Act (as of January 15, 2021), 12 species listed on the 2019 Companions in Flight Watch Record, or 47 extinct birds.
“This report serves as an early warning indicator for chook species in bother and can assist stimulate the collaborative conservation motion wanted to deliver again declining chook species nicely earlier than they grow to be threatened or endangered,” stated Principal Deputy Director Martha Williams. “Virtually 3 billion birds have been misplaced in North America since 1970, and this scientific info will assist focus conservation efforts the place they’re most wanted.”
Listed below are only a few of the newly listed Birds of Conservation Concern that caught our consideration:
- Chimney Swift
- American Avocet
- two populations of Snowy Plover
- two subspecies of Dunlin
- Lesser Yellowlegs
- California Gull
- Widespread Tern
- Laysan Albatross
- Belted Kingfisher
- Clark’s Nutcracker
- American Dipper
- Bullock’s Oriole
- Prairie Warbler
- Scarlet Tanager
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak
- Painted Bunting
Right here’s a breakdown of the 269 particular person chook taxa of conservation concern:
- 135 taxa are of conservation concern on the continental scale
- 88 taxa are on the Hen Conservation Area scale
- 29 taxa are on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
- 35 taxa are on Hawaii and the Pacific Islands
Eighteen taxa recognized on the Continental/BCR lists are shared with both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands or Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The variety of taxa on the Hawaii/Pacific Island record seems deceptively low, as a result of a excessive variety of birds there are already listed below the ESA.
All main chook teams are represented within the BCC 2021, however shorebirds, seabirds and a few landbirds have significantly excessive illustration. Of eligible taxa, 53% of shorebirds and 48% of seabirds met standards for inclusion within the BCC 2021. Primarily based on habitat designations of landbirds utilized to the Continental and BCR scales, a excessive proportion of taxa inhabiting grasslands (54%) and aridlands (47%) had been included within the BCC 2021, as had been aerial insectivores (31%).
FWS notes that “inclusion within the Birds of Conservation Concern 2021 doesn’t represent a discovering that itemizing below the ESA is warranted, or that substantial info exists to point that itemizing below the ESA could also be warranted.”
The report and extra info can be found right here.