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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission declares the Marbled Murrelet Endangered

   
 
 

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2021) Oregon joined Washington and California to protect Marbled Murrelets as Endangered under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4 to 3 to reclassify the murrelet from Threatened to Endangered. These protections come at a critical time for this species, which depends on marine areas for feeding and old-growth forest for nesting. Both of its habitats face uncertain futures with respect to the impact of climate change.  

“We are relieved the Commission has voted in favor of uplisting the Marbled Murrelet to Endangered status,” says Jennifer Davis, ABC’s Northwestern Regional Director. “This elusive species is extremely vulnerable to a host of threats, and without additional protections, it is at real risk of irreversible decline. We thank the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for this vote in favor of the murrelet.”

The Marbled Murrelet is Federally listed as Threatened, but this state declaration will provide much needed additional protections on Oregon State lands.

ABC will continue to work with partners and stakeholders in the region to ensure that this species is able to persist in the Pacific Northwest for generations to come.

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(Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2016)American Bird Conservancy has petitioned the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the Oregon Vesper Sparrow as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In a letter sent to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, ABC describes this subspecies of the Vesper Sparrow as highly imperiled and threatened with extinction throughout its range.

The petition makes the case that the species warrants listing because of significant population declines and ongoing habitat loss and degradation, among other threats, and because it lacks adequate protection under existing regulatory mechanisms.

Without ESA listing, the sparrows’ future looks grim. The current estimated population of the Oregon Vesper Sparrow is fewer than 3,000 birds, and Breeding Bird Survey data indicates a statistically significant population decline of more than five percent every year over the last 45 years.

This migratory species has a restricted breeding range that historically included southwestern British Columbia, western Washington and Oregon, and northwestern California. Now, breeding populations have disappeared from British Columbia and California, along with numerous local breeding populations throughout the range.

The species overwinters in California west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and south of San Francisco Bay, and historically it ranged into northwestern Baja California, Mexico. But wintering populations in Baja and southern parts of California have now disappeared.

“We are deeply concerned about the future of this bird,” said Bob Altman, ABC’s Pacific Northwest Conservation Officer. “With so few birds remaining, many in small and isolated populations, the Oregon Vesper Sparrow needs the immediate protection and conservation focus made possible through ESA listing.”

Several primary threats are driving the sparrow’s decline:

  1. The continuing loss and degradation of its grassland and savannah habitats because of development, conversion of those habitats to intensive agriculture, and the encroachment of invasive shrubs, trees, and exotic grasses;
  2. Harmful or poorly timed land-use activities such as mowing, overgrazing, military training, and recreational use; and
  3. The vulnerability of small, isolated breeding groups of birds.

“Every year, more populations are being lost, and we are not seeing the establishment of new populations where habitat restoration has occurred,” Altman said.

Existing regulatory mechanisms do not provide the protection needed to prevent the Oregon Vesper Sparrow from continuing on its trajectory toward extinction. There are no Federal or State programs dedicated to its conservation, and only about 20 percent of the birds’ range-wide population occurs on public lands. Without ESA listing, this vulnerable species will continue to decline and is likely to disappear forever.

(Photo: Vesper Sparrow by Suzanne Beauchesne)

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Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2016) – Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act (Measure 100) in Oregon, which prohibits the sale of parts and products of 12 types of imperiled wildlife in the state:

“Oregon followed the right trail passing the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act. Elephants, rhinos and many other species are facing unprecedented poaching levels that are driving them towards extinction. These animals are being viciously killed to supply markets with products that no one needs or should deem to be of value.

By prohibiting the sale of these wildlife products, Oregon completes the 1,300-mile bulwark of West coast states against wildlife traffickers. Its neighbors to the north and south, California and Washington, both passed legislation last year to restrict the trade of endangered species products within their borders. Hawaii passed a similar ban earlier this year.

The more states that enact this kind of legislation, the fewer places wildlife can be smuggled and sold. The fewer places wildlife parts are sold, the less consumer demand is triggered, which in turn reduces poaching.

Thank you to the groups we worked with in Oregon and the hundreds of volunteers who made this possible.”

IFAW worked with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal conservation groups both large and small to get Measure 100 on the ballot and passed by Oregon citizens. To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to stop wildlife trafficking, please visit: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/fighting-wildlife-trade 

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Followed by a Church Picnic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Beaverton, August 10, 2016: All are invited to join us for the 8th Annual Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 10:30 am (change in worship time). The service will be held at Beaverton’s Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park, SW Erickson Ave. and SW Berthold St. In addition to the Blessing of the Animals, Pastor David will also focus on the Bethel mission statement and what it means to be part of the welcoming community that is Bethel. After worship, we will have an all church picnic. All are welcome to attend, bring their pets for a blessing and stay for the picnic. If your pet isn't comfortable around lots of people and pets, you are invited to bring a photo. Some children even bring their favorite stuffed animals -- all options are encouraged.
In 2008, Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ held its first Blessing of the Animals service. Since then, it has become an annual tradition to hold an outdoor service honoring, blessing and celebrating the relationships we have with those animal companions that fill our hearts with thanksgiving and love. It’s a time to remember those pets and animals that may no longer be with us as well as celebrate those that fill our lives with joy on a daily basis.
Blessing the Animals is not a new concept. It began with St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, who was believed to sing and preach to all of God’s creatures, honoring God’s presence in each of them. Animals were drawn to him and stories of his great love for animals abound. St. Francis was a true steward and brother to the animals, without discrimination and an example of how to treat God’s precious creatures.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family, including our furry friends, to be blessed and honored in this unique outdoor worship service on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 10:30 am at Beaverton’s Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park, SW Erickson Ave. and SW Berthold St. Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive Christian community that is committed to service and is open to everyone. Our motto: “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!” For more details go to the website at www.bethelbeaverton.org or call 503-646-1191.
Contact: Beth Astarte/Bethel Church Office
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Logging loopholes threaten old-growth forests; Marbled Murrelet’s protected zone reduced by 98 percent

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(Washington, D.C. August 5, 2016)The Bureau of Land Management has approved a logging plan for the forests it manages in Oregon, significantly weakening protections for the threatenedMarbled MurreletandNorthern Spotted Owl. These protections were put in place in 1994 as part of President Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan.

“The BLM plan is huge step in the wrong direction that ignores science, the dangers of climate change, and the successes of President Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan,” said Steve Holmer, Senior Policy Advisor for American Bird Conservancy. “The BLM is now planning to log mature forests that are needed to recover populations of the threatened Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl, and that provide for clean water and carbon storage.”

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) submitted aletterto BLM providing feedback on the plan; ABC also urged Obama administration officials to shelve the proposed plan, instead keeping the Northwest Forest Plan in effect until it can be updated in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service.

“The Marbled Murrelet, a species listed under the Endangered Species Act, will be placed at great risk by the BLM’s plan to increase logging in mature forests,” said Holmer. “The Northwest Forest Plan provided for half-mile buffers around nesting territories. These are needed to ensure sufficient protected habitat around nests in a heavily fragmented landscape. This common-sense safeguard is being abandoned at the same time BLM is proposing to ramp up clearcutting.”

The Marbled Murrelet nests on large branches of mature and old-growth trees. It is listed as a threatened species under the ESA because of habitat loss caused primarily by logging of old-growth forests. An estimated 19,000 birds remain, but the Washington State population is currently in a steep 5.9 percent annual decline, and long-term population projections indicate a high risk of extinction in California and Oregon within the next 100 years.

Marbled Murrelet nests suffer heavier predation in areas where the forest is not intact. Clearcutting proposed in the BLM plan for Oregon will further fragment the landscape. The current buffers protect a circular area of 503 acres of habitat based on a half-mile radius from the nest site. The new plan provides for only 6.5 acres of protected habitat,a 98 percent reduction from the current standard.

Meanwhile, the Northern Spotted Owl—also listed as a threatened species under the ESA—is in decline across its range, including in Oregon. A recent study showed that the owl population has decreased by 31-68 percent in Oregon since 1985, due to the dual threats of habitat loss and competition from Barred Owls. The BLM plan calls for commercial logging in areas designated as reserves for the owl by the Northwest Forest Plan, in particular in late-successional and riparian habitats. This raises doubt that the new reserves will function properly.

The BLM plan is proposing a five-to-eight-year moratorium on Spotted Owl take until a Barred Owl control program is initiated in the planning area. (Research on the effectiveness of Barred Owl removal has just begun, and uncertainty remains as to how much Barred Owl control the public will support over the long term.)

“The Northern Spotted Owl will benefit from the proposed moratorium on take, but its habitat is at greater risk over the long term because of the extensive logging planned in late-successional areas of the reserves,” said Holmer. “We advise placing a much longer moratorium on owl take. In about 30 years, a large amount of new, suitable owl habitat will become available under the Northwest Forest Plan as forests mature. We need to stay the course and be as protective of the Northern Spotted Owl as possible until then.”

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BEND, Ore., July 9, 2015 - Efforts to protect wild horses on public
lands intensified as Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit
working to end the abuse and neglect of horses, today appealed a federal agency
decision to round up and remove wild horses from their homeland in Eastern
Oregon. FRER contends that BLM is engaging in an illegal breeding operation, and
that removing these horses from their native rangeland will impact critical
genetic diversity and reduce herd populations to dangerously low levels, in
violation of federal law.

As early as this month, the U.S. Department of the
Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to round up wild horses from a
small population in Eastern Oregon's Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management
Areas. After the BLM contractor's low-flying helicopters round up the herds of
approximately 237 horses, the majority will be removed to BLM holding
facilities. Approximately 80 will be released, resulting in diminished herds
with insufficient genetic diversity which threatens the horses' survival.

In
its appeal, filed with the Department of the Interior's Board of Land Appeals,
FRER says the BLM's calculated breeding efforts irreparably damage the Kiger and
Riddle Mountain herds, and violate the language and spirit of the Wild
Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which gave the BLM a mandate to
protect the health and welfare of all wild horse herds on public lands.

The
Kiger and Riddle Mountain regions are home to Kiger mustangs, a famous and
unique strain thought to be partly descended from horses brought to the West by
Spaniards. Horse aficionados value Kiger mustangs for their distinctive coloring
and characteristics. Kiger mustangs are popular at BLM auctions, sales, and
adoption events. The BLM typically returns some Kiger mustangs to the rangelands
to continue their desirable traits in the breeding population. However, the Wild
Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act does not permit greater protections for Kiger
mustangs than it does for other wild horses.

"The roundup and removal of
horses from these herd management areas is a misguided attempt to create and
control a narrow selective breeding stock of Kiger mustangs, while removing less
genetically desirable non-Kiger mustangs from the herds," said Hilary Wood,
President of FRER. "Returning only a small number of horses to the range is far
less than what the BLM's own policies state is a healthy size for a normally
reproducing herd - a move that can only harm the herds' chances of
survival."

BLM management guidelines say that a healthy herd size to ensure
genetic diversity is around 200 horses. Herd sizes for the Kiger and Riddle
Mountain Herd Management Areas have been set at 51-82 and 33-56 respectively,
far smaller than required to maintain genetic viability.

"Reducing the
population to the very bottom threshold of the BLM's recommended management
levels, and well below what it knows is necessary for genetic diversity, will be
catastrophic for this population," said Wood. "At a time when Oregon state
officials are taking action to improve genetic diversity of other wildlife,
these planned BLM roundups will vastly reduce the overall wild horse population
in these areas and be disastrous to herd health over time."

About Front Range Equine Rescue
(FRER)
Front Range Equine Rescue, based in Larkspur, Colo., is a 501c3
nonprofit working to end abuse and neglect of wild and domestic horses through
rescue and education. Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through
its rescue and educational programs. Many of FRER's rescued horses are obtained
directly from livestock auctions and feed lots, and would have been shipped to
slaughter without FRER's intervention. Through its legal advocacy, FRER has
effectively prevented horses from being slaughtered for human food in the U.S.,
and is actively involved in preventing unnecessary and unlawful roundups or
removal of wild horses and burros from public lands. For more information see
www.frontrangeequinerescue.org.

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Idaho and six other states targeted for much-needed reform

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2012 -- This week, Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, launched a new website at www.bornfreeusa.org/safetrails in order to educate and warn the public -- especially outdoor enthusiasts -- about the dangers of hidden wildlife traps and how to keep their pets and family members safe.

The new Safe Trails site contains information about the dangers of traps to companion animals and what people can do in emergencies, including how to release dogs from all types of traps.

The site also highlights regulatory safeguards that could go far in protecting the public, pets and wildlife from injury, and focuses on seven of the worst states when it comes to trapping regulations that have the greatest impact on animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and public safety: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Each year thousands of non-targeted animals, including domestic animals and protected wildlife species, are caught in traps throughout the U.S. We developed this site to help hikers, campers, and others enjoying the outdoors, learn about trapping and what can be done to keep everyone, including animals and children, safe from the dangers of these contraptions. The barbaric trapping industry has changed little since the 1600s. We do not want to see another person or pet become a victim.”

While many states allow the use of body crushing traps and snares on private and public land, Idaho continues to stand out among the worst states for failing to require that traps be checked at least once daily. In Idaho, traps need only be checked once every three days/72 hours. Trappers also catch non-target animals including endangered species, cats, and dogs. These animals have a better chance of survival if traps are checked at least once every 24 hours.

In addition, Idaho has no size restriction on Conibear kill traps. Like other body-gripping traps, Conibears are notoriously indiscriminate and pose a hazard to non-target species. Large-sized Conibears are particularly dangerous. Twenty states limit the size of Conibear trap on land to six inches or less or prohibit the use of Conibear traps on land all together.

Like the majority of states, Idaho trappers are not required to post any warning signage that would alert the public to stay away from set traps. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game encourages trappers to use a warning sign produced by the Idaho Trappers Association but does not require it.

Roberts says, “A majority of people surely visit Idaho public lands to observe wildlife, hike, walk their dogs, and enjoy nature. Most people would agree that Idaho public lands should protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and provide a safe opportunity to enjoy it. But many are unaware that traps might be present where they recreate. It is a recipe for disaster, and we hope that if this brutal industry continues to exist, that we can at least inform people, even if it means teaching them how to attempt to free their companion animal (or child) should they fall victim to a body-crushing trap. No one should ever have to face that horror.”

Wildlife traps are not only found in the deep wilderness, but also near hiking trails, in national wildlife refuges, on public and private lands where children play and dogs are walked, and even in urban areas. They are indiscriminate and can inflict serious injury – or death -- to any animal or person who is caught.

Born Free USA works to expose and address the dangers and cruelty of trapping by educating the public; encouraging legislators and policymakers to enact stronger laws; ensuring state agencies are enforcing existing protections; and championing humane alternatives of mitigating conflicts with wildlife. Born Free USA maintains an online database of reported incidents of non-targeted animals by state.

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to the United States the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film “Born Free,” along with their son Will Travers, now chief executive officer of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

More at www.bornfreeusa.org; on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.