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March 27, 2009

New State OF Birds report: Concern and hope

The newest State of Birds report is out this month and there’s both concern and hope. We’re focusing on the The State of Ocean Birds, but the full report covers all areas: lakes, grassland, forest, etc.

From the report: Of 81 ocean bird species, almost half are of conservation concern, including 4 that are federally listed as endangered or threatened. Based on available data, 39% of ocean bird species are declining, 37% stable, and 12% increasing. Too little data exist to determine the population trends for 12% of ocean birds.

Consider these other facts:

  • At least 81 bird species inhabit our nation’s marine waters, spending their lives at sea and returning to islands and coasts to nest.
  • At least 39% of bird species in U.S. marine waters are believed to be declining, but data are lacking for many species. Improved monitoring is imperative for conservation.
  • Ocean birds travel through waters of many nations and are increasingly threatened by fishing, pollution, problems on breeding grounds, and food supplies altered by rising ocean temperatures.
  • The health of our oceans and wildlife will improve with policies that address sustainable fishing, changes in food supply, and pollution.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinated creation of the new report as part of the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative, which includes partners from American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Klamath Bird Observatory, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

See the full State of Birds report Note this is large PDF file!

October 20, 2008

Throwing a lifeline to the threatened Albatross

The latest effort to help save the threatened Albatross species is finally getting a boost from the United States. President George Bush recently agreed to bring The Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) to the US Senate for approval.

ACAP is an international treaty protecting seabirds. “Its provisions advance the U.S. goals of protecting albatrosses and petrels. I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Agreement and give its advice and consent to accession”, stated President Bush. Read more in a Surfbird briefing

About 100,000 albatrosses die each year at the foot of the world’s fisheries industry when they unwittingly seize baited longline hooks intended for catching fish, according to the 2008 Red List.

Eighteen of the world’s 22 species of albatross are facing extinction, and ten of these are considered to Endangered or Critically Endangered – the highest levels of threat under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Birds.

In addition to deaths from longline and trawl fishing, the species also suffers from loss of eggs and chicks to introduced predators on breeding islands. Throw in global warming threats and changes in feeding areas and the Albatross can not reproduce fast enough to replace it’s dwindling population.

Here at IBRRC we see a fair amount of wayward Laysan Albatrosses in need of attention. Read about the species

Also of note:

Munch: The return of a unique rehabilitated bird