PSG writes to support the concept of St. George Island National Marine Sanctuary in Alaska (November 2016).
PSG writes to support the concept of a National Marine Sanctuary around St. George Island. The national and international importance of St. George Island cannot be overstated and PSG greatly appreciates that the residents of St. George Island are working … to define for themselves a path forward to sustain their way of life and the environment and natural resources on which they depend.
PSG reviews the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) draft Oregon Forage Fish Management Plan (July 2016).
PSG writes to endorse the draft plan and provide scientific support to ODFW’s intent to extend forage fish protections from federal to state waters.
PSG writes to the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in Mexico to congratulate about moving forward in creating a new Biosphere Reserve in Baja California (March 2016).
PSG writes to congratulate the Secretariá del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales in Mexico on the advances in the process to create a new protected area in Mexico: “Reserva de la Biosfera Islas del Pacífico de la Península de Baja California”. PSG enourages and looks forward to the publication of this Biosphere Reserve Decree by Mexico’s President in the near future.
PSG writes to Ministry of Environment in Japan to express appreciation of efforts in Japan to conserve seabirds and offers its support and assistance (November 2015)
PSG writes to the Minister of Environment in Japan to express appreciation for the efforts of Japan to conserve its seabirds and to offer its support and assistance for continued investment and improvement in restoring critical seabird breeding habitats within Japan’s waters. The letter was hand delivered to Minister Marukawa by Ms. Kuniko Otsuki, Asia and Oceania Regional Representative on the Executive Council.
PSG comments on US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed ruling for Marbled Murrelet Critical Habitat (October 2015)
PSG writes to the US Fish and Wildlife Service in response to its proposed rule regarding critical habitat designations for Marbled Murrelets in the Pacific Northwest. The Service had proposed maintaining the existing designations (i.e., no roll back). PSG supports that and suggests that they designate additional critical areas on federal and state lands as well as in the marine environment.
PSG comments on Bureau of Land Management draft Western Oregon Resource Management Plan (August 2015)
PSG writes to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management regarding its draft Western Oregon Resource Management Plan and expresses opposition to the preferred alternative, which would eliminate late-successional forest reserves and increase logging and fragmentation of older-aged forests, which are essential to the long-term recovery of Marbled Murrelets. Minimizing fragmentation adjacent to suitable and occupied habitat is critical to the recovery of murrelets, which are federally listed as a threatened species in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
PSG responds to U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service request for “scoping” comments on proposed incidental take permit system under Migratory Bird Treaty Act (July 2015)
The Ornithological Council, acting on behalf of its member organizations, including PSG, provides scoping comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in regard to a possible permit program for the incidental take of migratory birds, primarily by industries, such as wind power and electrical utilities. The Ornithological Council letter discusses the need for enhanced monitoring and research in order to effectively manage an incidental take permit program and raised questions about the Service’s ability to administer an incidental take permit program without impacting on-going activities, such as permits for scientific purposes.
PSG asks the Secretary of Agriculture to end clearcut logging of old-growth forests in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska (January 2015)
PSG joined six other scientific societies, including the American Ornithologists’ Union, in asking the Secretary of Agriculture to accelerate the transition away from logging old-growth forest in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The Tongass has high densities of nesting Marbled Murrelets, Northern Goshawks and other birds and wildlife, and is the only national forest in the United States in which clearcut logging is still allowed.
PSG comments on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to cull 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants at East Sand Island, Oregon (August 2014)
PSG writes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on a proposal to cull 16,000 adult Double-crested Cormorants at East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary. PSG opposes the action because the science underlying the culling proposal is weak, the agencies failed to first use nonlethal means of dissuading cormorants nesting at East Sand Island, and impacts on the western North America cormorant population are too great.
PSG Addresses Concerns about Monitoring Kittlitz’s Murrelets and Aleutian Terns (May 2014)
PSG writes the US Fish and Wildlife, Alaska regarding priorities for implementation of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, which requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor and assess the status and trends of all bird species, subspecies and populations. While PSG recognizes and understands that lack of funds makes compliance with this requirement difficult, the PSG wants to highlight the need to and importance of monitoring and understanding the status and viability of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) and Aleutian Tern (Onychoprion aleuticus) in Alaska.
PSG Responds to Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ecosystem Workgroup’s March 2014 Report (March 2014)
PSG urges the Council, in response to the Ecosystem Workgroup’s March 2014 report, “Ecosystem Initiative 1: Protecting Unfished and Unmanaged Forage Fish Species,” to 1) approve and release for public comment a range of alternatives to protect currently unmanaged forage fish and 2) to select alternative 2.2.1, Ecosystem Trophic Role Pathway, as the preliminary preferred alternative. Alternative 2.2.1 incorporates currently unmanaged forage fish as “ecosystem component” species within each of the Council’s existing Fishery Management Plans, where basic conservation measures can be put in place to prevent the development of new, directed commercial fisheries in the absence of a strong scientific and management framework.
PSG Comments on the Proposed Recovery Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet in Canada (March 2014)
PSG and its Marbled Murrelet Technical Committee (MMTC) comment on the Proposed Recovery Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in British Columbia. PSG and the MMTC have grave concerns about the Recovery Strategy because, as proposed, it could allow decreases in Marbled Murrelet habitats and populations of up to 30 percent over 30 years; they strongly encourage Canada to strengthen the Recovery Strategy by considering and adopting measures to focused on increasing Marbled Murrelet habitat and populations.
PSG Comments on draft Environmental Assessment Regarding Caspian Tern Nesting Habitat Reduction, East Sand Island, Clatsop County, Oregon (February 2014)
PSG provided comments regarding the draft Environmental Assessment – Caspian Tern Nesting Habitat Reduction, East Sand Island, Clatsop County, Oregon. PSG recommends the “no action” alternative until such time as the Corps and its cooperators have completed an integrated, multispecies, regional-scale plan, and identified and made available one or more quality coastal nesting sites for Caspian Terns.
PSG Supports Funding Request to Develop Murrelet Landscape Management Plan (February 2014)
PSG writes in support of the funding request by California State Parks to develop a Murrelet Landscape Management Plan and implement allied monitoring and management activities for Conservation Zone 6. There is a joint effort by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Parks to develop a murrelet conservation plan for Zone 6 would fulfill a long-term goal of the Marbled Murrelet Technical Committee of PSG to see such a plan prepared.
PSG comments on USFWS DEIS for eradication of house mice from S. Farallon Islands
PSG writes the US Fish & Wildlife Service regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the eradication of house mice from the South Farallon Islands supporting Option B: Eradicate invasive house mice from the South Farallon Islands by aerial broadcast of rodent bait containing Brodifacoum–25D Conservation as the primary method of bait delivery.
PSG writes US President Obama to make aware of the plight of the Marbled Murrelet (October 2013)
PSG writes President Obama about the plight of the Marbled Murrelet, a small unique seabird along the North Pacific west coast that is listed as endangered. PSG is highly concerned about current proposals to increase logging in western forests.
PSG requests coordinated monitoring of California Brown Pelican as required when species was delisted four years ago (September 2013)The PSG is concerned about the lack of coordinated post-delisting monitoring of the California Brown Pelican. Four years after delisting, there is still no coordinated monitoring plan finalized or in place which are needed to complete a five-year post-delisting status review in 2014.
PSG comments on General Plan and Draft EIR for Big Basin Redwoods State Park (May 2013)
PSG requests that California State Park and Recreation Commission direct California State Parks to revise its General Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report for Big Basin Redwoods State Park because we are concerned that the current version of the General Plan does not provide sufficient protection for to Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), a declining species and listed in California as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
PSG supports adoption of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan and urges adoption at the April 2013 meeting (April 2013)
PSG strongly supports adoption of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan and urges adoption of the plan at the April 2013 meeting as well as implementation of ecosystem-based initiative #1 – the protection of unmanaged forage species. These steps will help maintain the diversity and abundance of seabirds and in U. S. portion of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem.
PSG and the Japan Seabird Group jointly recommend re-evaluation of the EA of the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant at Kaminoseki in the Seto-Inland Sea and long-term funding for seabird research and conservation in the area (March 2011)
PSG and the Japan Seabird Group jointly recommend re-evaluation of the environmental assessment of the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant at Kaminoseki in the Seto-Inland sea and long-term funding for seabird research and conservation in the area. Specifically, they support additional surveys to determine all seabird breeding colonies and feeding areas in the Seto-nai Sea; re-evaluation of the potentially great impact of the construction and operation of these nuclear power plants on marine environment, marine organisms, and seabirds; and use of the proposed site for other purposes but not other heavy industry which could also hard seabirds, marine organisms, and the marine environment.
PSG offers comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Rat Eradication Project (March 2011)PSG strongly supports the proposed plan to eradicate ship rats at Palmyra to aid in the conservation of seabirds and their habitat. PSG believes that the goals of this project must be complete eradication. We want to avoid situations that require perpetual control, perpetual funding and perpetual vigilance. In our considerable experience, we have learned that half-measures are inefficient and are simply a waste of funds. PSG supports of the aerial broadcast of brodificoum with proactive mitigation of risk for vulnerable Bristle-thighed Curlews.
PSG expresses their concern about the status of Kittlitz’s Murrelet (February 2011)
On 20 March 2009, PSG wrote to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game supporting the listing of Kittlitz’s Murrelet under the State of Alaska Endangered Species Act. PSG supports the evaluation for listing of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and urges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to move forward with a proposed rule for this species and to base its decision on the very best scientific information that is available. In February 2010, PSG sponsored a symposium to summarize the status and trends of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Alaska and Russia. Peer-reviewed proceedings from this symposium will be available within the next few months which can be used to assist in reaching a decision based on the best available science.
PSG supports the conservation measures in the Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (November 2010)
PSG supports the conservation measures in the Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative; while imperfect, they are progress over the status quo. In this letter, PSG focuses on we focus on Newell’s shearwaters because that species seems to have the gravest conservation issues at this time.PSG recommends burying or moving transmission lines inland and dimming lights should be prioritized and addressed, but believes that other challenges to understanding the population and threats to these seabirds need to be fully explored before threats can be successfully mitigated.
PSG Comments on the Designation of Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Areas in Oregon (October 2010)
PSG strongly supports Oregon’s use of Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Areas as tools to help protect, sustain, and restore nearshore ecosystems. There are over 66 seabird colonies within the three ecological area that are currently which need to be considered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife during its deliberations.
PSG Comments Upon the Designation of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean (August 2010)
The Pacific Seabird Group comments upon the designation of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean by the Commission of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). PSG generally supports the concept of designating MPAs in the Southern Ocean, and the use of sound science in making such decisions. PSG wishes to support specifically the consideration of the Ross Sea, including its shelf and slope, as part of an MPA network.
PSG Provides Comments on USFWS Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS Scoping for Radar Ridge Wind Energy Project for Incidental Take Permit (June 2010)The Pacific Seabird Group comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding an application from Radar Ridge LLC for an incidental take permit for the threatened Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus). Radar Ridge LLC is proposing to construct and operate 32 wind turbines near Naselle, Washington, which is located within the Nemah Marbled Murrelet Management Area (MMMA). PSG is concerned that this project could significantly impact Marbled Murrelets and request that their concerns are taken into consideration in your public scoping process pursuant to the Federal Register notice dated May 28, 2010.
PSG Expresses Concern about Management of White Pelicans (May 2010)
The Pacific Seabird Group expresses their concern about the management of White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), especially in the State of Idaho. PSG strongly believes that white pelicans in Idaho should be managed in a regional or flyway context.
PSG Supports Findings in Evaluation Report on the 5-Year Status Review for MAMU (March 2010)PSG expressed their concern to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection that the cumulative impacts of multiple timber harvests in both occupied and unoccupied habitat could significantly impact conservation efforts for the Marbled Murrelet, which is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
PSG Supports Eradication of Exotics from Three Aleutian Islands (February 2010)
PSG gives it full support to the eradication of exotic European rabbits from Tangik and Poa Islands in the eastern Aleutian Islands and the removal of introduced marmots from Sud Island of the Barren Islands in the Gulf of Alaska. These projects will continue the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s longtime conservation work of restoring islands through invasive species removal.
Letter to Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
PSG Requests Senate and House Support for the US to Accede to ACAP (August 2009)PSG requests support from Senator Boxer and Representative Rahall for, and leadership toward, the United States acceding to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) and the enactment of implementing legislation. ACAP is an international treaty whose fundamental goal is to maintain healthy populations of albatrosses and petrels through research, monitoring and conservation measures such as reduction of incidental mortality in fisheries and maintenance of habitats.
PSG Supports Fencing at Kaena Point (August 2009)PSG writes the Department of Planning and Permitting in support of the proposal to erect a predator-free fence at Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve on Oahu. PSG believes that if implemented (and that the fence is monitored to keep its integrity), this project will be a great success for native seabirds and plants.
PSG Comments on Proposal to Locate a Wind Energy Facility at Radar Ridge (June 2009)
The Pacific Seabird Group comments on a proposal to locate a wind energy facility on state land at Radar Ridge in Pacific County, Washington, which is located within the Nemah Marbled Murrelet Management Area. PSG is concerned that this project could significantly impact the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), which is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
PSG Comments on Harbor Development in Western Mexico (April 2009)Pacific Seabird Group comments on recent plans to develop harbor facilities in the vicinity of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, that involve potential degradation to a natural coastal lagoon system in the vicinity, Laguna Cuyutlan which, in turn, has great potential to harm habitat for seabirds and other creatures.
PSG Requests Alaska Department of Fish and Game to List Kittlitz’s Murrelet (March 2009)
PSG believes that it is appropriate to list the Kittlitz’s Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) under the State of Alaska Endangered Species Act. PSG is greatly concerned about the long-term survival of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet, a rare seabird endemic to coastal Alaska and eastern Russia. Although variable, declines of up to 18% per year for the last few decades have been well-documented in core population areas in Alaska, where the majority of the world population breeds.
PSG Acknowledges Letter from His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales (March 2009)The Pacific Seabird Group sends a letter to His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales to thank him for wishing PSG a successful meeting in Japan. A copy of the letter from Prince Charles follows the letter from PSG.
Comments on the 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Remove the California, Oregon, and Washington Population of the Marbled Murrelet from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (December 2008)The Pacific Seabird Group expresses extreme concern about the proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to delist the Washington, Oregon, and California (tri-state) population of Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus). PSG’s professional opinion is that the tri-state Marbled Murrelet population does indeed constitute a Discrete Population Segment under the 1996 policy, contrary to the findings of the USFWS 5-year Review.
PSG Final Comments regarding USFWS Petition to Delist Marbled Murrelet (December 2008)PSG Comments on the 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Remove the California, Oregon, and Washington Population of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and express extreme concern about the USFWS proposal to delist the Washington, Oregon, and California (tri-state) population of Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), which is currently listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
PSG Support of Oregon Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Area (November 2008)The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) sends a letter of their support for Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to consider the needs of marine birds as they undertake marine conservation planning and evaluation in Oregon’s Territorial Sea. PSG recommends that eight of the 20 areas under consideration be designated as Marine Reserves/Marine Protected Areas (MR/MPA) for their ecological importance to seabirds.
PSG Support of Marine Conservation Managements Areas (October 2008)
The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) strongly supports the initiative of the administration to protect a variety of resources in Marine Conservation Management Areas adjacent to several U.S. possessions in the Central Pacific, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and American Samoa.
Comments on the Elliot State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) (November 2008)PSG comments on the proposed Oregon Department of Forestry’s Elliott State Forest HCP with respect to the federally threatened Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), expressing concern over the proposal to eliminate known occupied sites and unsurveyed, suitable habitat of this species, and further fragment remaining potential habitat
Comments on the San Nicolas Island Seabird Restoration Project Feral Cat Removal (June 2008)PSG writes the US Fish and Wildlife Department to reiterate its strong support of the proposal to eradicate feral cats on San Nicolas Island. Seabird islands throughout the world have been devastated by introduced predators and have not evolved responses for dealing with cats.
Comments on Proposed Delisting of Brown Pelican From List of Endangered Species (April 2008)PSG finds that documents presented by USFWS, together with the original petition to delist submitted by the Endangered Species Recovery Council and the additional information in the Federal Register delisting proposal, provide compelling reasons to delist the brown pelican.
Letter of Congratulations to Alaska Governor Palin regarding her plan to Keep Rats out of Alaska (March 2008)
This letter congratulates Governor Sarah Palin, State of Alaska, for her leadership in addressing the very serious threat of introduced rats to human health, the state’s economy, and to native ecosystems in Alaska. Her forward-looking plan, “Wildlife and People at Risk: A Plan to Keep Rats out of Alaska” is a model for others to emulate.
Letter to Puget Sound Partnership Expressing PSG’s Interest in the Partnership’s Activities (February 2008)
PSG writes the Puget Sound Partnership expressing their interest in the Partnership’s activities, invites Partnership representatives to attend PSG’s 35th Annual Meeting and provides some preliminary observations on Puget Sound marine bird research needs based on information presented in the 2007 Puget Sound Update and the 2007 State of the Sound produced by the Puget Sound Action Team.
Comments on Environmental Assessment for Kaena Point Ecosystem Restoration Project (January 2008)PSG strongly supports the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s proposal to erect a predator-free fence at Kaena Point to eliminate the harm that dogs, cats, mongoose and rats cause to seabird colonies at the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve.
International Team to be Organized to Outline Plan of Action for Chinese Crested Tern (January 2008)PSG writes the Chinese Secretary of the Party Committee of Fu-jien Province that the so-called “Mythological Bird,” the Chinese Crested Tern was rediscovered in the year 2000 off Fuzhou on the east coast of Mainland China and that they have decided to organize an international team of experts to come together and help outline a plan of action for this rare species. PSG extends an invitation to attend our international meeting in February 2007.
Comments on the Environmental Assessment for Restoring Wildlife Habitat on Rat Island (January 2008)
PSG strongly supports the proposal by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge to eliminate Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Rat Island and to restore the island to its natural state, and to allow wildlife such as seabirds to flourish there.
Comments on the Disturbance to Seabirds by Fireworks Displays (December 2007)PSG offers their views on the disturbance of seabirds on Gualala Point Island by a fireworks display on July 6, 2007. The event engendered a fair amount of local attention as a result of perceived disturbance to nesting Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants during a similar event in 2006.
Comments on the Importance of Seabirds in Designating Marine Reserves (April 2007)
PSG encourages the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to consider the needs of marine birds as they undertake their planning for ocean activities in Oregon especially with respect to designation of marine reserves and the location of wave energy facilities.
Comments on the Proposed Revision of Critical Habitat for the Threatened Marbled Murrelet (November 2006)
PSG expresses extreme concern about a proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revise critical habitat protection for the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), which is currently listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The proposal would reduce Marbled Murrelet critical habitat by 94% compared to the current designation made in 1996. For more information, click on the link below.
Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Program for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012 (November 2006)
PSG submits comments to the Minerals Management Service on the potential impacts on seabirds in Alaska.
Comments on Draft Plan “Charting The Course For Ocean Science In the United States: Research Priorities For The Next Decade” (October 2006)
The Draft Research Priorities constitutes a needs assessment and outlines a strategic action plan aimed at outlining national ocean research priorities in the U.S. over the coming decade. The document will be a foundation for the Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy, which is to be released in December 2006. PSG offers comments. For more information, click on the links below.
Comments on Petition to Delist the California Brown Pelican (October 2006)
PSG endorses the petition to delist the California Brown Pelican that was filed by the Endangered Species Recovery Council. For more information, click on the links below.
Comments on the Remediation of Lead Paint at Midway Island (September 2006)
PSG makes a request to the U.S. Department of the Interior to set a high priority for the remediation of lead-based paint associated with U.S. Navy structures and other facilities on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and to allocate sufficient funding to complete the effort in a timely manner. Midway Atoll supports the world’s largest breeding population of Laysan Albatross, a bird of “high conservation concern.” Laysan Albatross chicks are poisoned by the tens of thousands due to this exposure to lead. This results in the death of thousands of chicks on an annual basis. For more information, click on the link below.
Comments on Draft of “Wildlife and Humans at Risk: A Plan for Returning Alaska to its Rat-Free State” (August 2006)
PSG offers comments on the Draft of “Wildlife and Humans at Risk: A Plan for Returning Alaska to its Rat-Free State” (“Rat Plan”) that was issued in July 2006. For more information, click on the link below.
Concerns over Plans to Begin Dispersal of any of the Caspian Tern Colony Breeding on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary (April 2006)
PSG is concerned that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s management efforts to scarify at least 6 acres at East Sand has not taken into account substantial issues concerning the tern colony. For more information, click on the link below.
Comments on Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for S.S. Jacob Luckenbach and Associated Mystery Oil Spills (April 2006)
PSG offers comments on the Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for S.S. Jacob Luckenbach and Associated Mystery Oil Spills (“Restoration Plan”) that was issued in February 2006. For more information click on the link below.
Conservation Plan for Howard, Baker and Jarvis National Wildlife Refuges (Oct 2005)
PSG takes an interest in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s comprehensive conservation plan for Howland Island, Baker Island, and Jarvis Island national wildlife refuges. PSG’s primary interests with respect to these refuges is that they remain predator-free to facilitate the protection of the unique and important seabird colonies there. For more information, click on the link below.
Creating a Biosphere Reserve incorporating the Pacific Islands of Baja California (July 2005)
PSG supports the proposal to create a Biosphere Reserve that incorporates the Pacific islands of Baja California. For more information, click on the link below.
Comments on Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Washington Islands Refuges (Jun 2005)
PSG offers comments on the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Washington Islands Refuges (“Conservation Plan”) that was issued in May 2005. For more information click on the link below.
Comments on Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Montrose Settlements (May 2005)
PSG offers comments on the Draft Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (“Restoration Plan”) that was issued in April 2005. PSG supports all of the seabird restoration projects in the Restoration Plan; however, question fund allocation. Of the $140 million settlement, only $38 million is available for restoration projects of any kind. Of the amount available for restoration projects, only $13 million is available to restore birds and half of that seems to be devoted to restoring a single avian species. For more information, click on the link below.
Opening the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge to Public Access (Feb 2005)
PSG opposes H.R. 298, which would open the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge to the public. PSG opposes this bill on several grounds: enormous wildlife populations concentrated in a small area, potential disturbance of wildlife by inexperienced visitors, habitat damage done by inexperienced visitors, introduction of exotic plants and animals, public safety, and loss of management control by refuge managers who know the most about protecting the resources under their stewardship. For more information, click on the link below.
Status of Marbled Murrelets in North America (Nov 2004)
PSG is concerned about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) recent decision to reanalyze whether the California, Oregon, and Washington population of Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a distinct population segment suitable for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Headquarters office of the USFWS concluded that the California, Oregon, and Washington population is not discrete, as required under USFWS’ 1996 “Discrete Population Segment” policy, whereas the Pacific Regional Office concluded that the listed population is discrete. For more information, click on the link below.
Market Squid Fishery Management Plan and Seabird Protection Measures (Oct 2004)
PSG is concerned that the California Fish and Game Commission’s recent actions on the Market Squid Fishery Management Plan have removed critical measures to protect seabirds in the Channel Islands. Bright lights near island nesting colonies negatively impact nocturnal seabirds, and seasonal closures to protect the nesting habitats are threatened. For more information, click on the link below.
Scoping for NEPA Review of Habitat Conservation Plan on Kauai (Oct 2004)
PSG offers input to the National Environmental Policy Act’s review of a proposal by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (the “Electric Company”) to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan on Kauai. This plan may include an incidental permit for three species of seabirds that are or may soon be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Newell’s Shearwaters, Hawaiian Petrels and Band-rumped (Harcourt’s) Storm-Petrels. For more information, click on the link below.
Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Caspian Tern Management (Sep 2004)
PSG offers comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Caspian Tern Management to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary. For more information, click on the link below.
Comments on Draft Pacific Region Seabird Conservation Plan (Aug 2004)
PSG offers comments on the Draft Pacific Region Seabird Conservation Plan. For more information, click on the link below.
Support Passage of S.2547 (July 2004)
PSG urges support for S. 2547 to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to return to its interpretation before a federal court decision in December 2001. PSG strongly supports excluding all introduced, non-native birds from the protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. PSG has for many years worked to remove non-native creatures, including rats and birds, from seabird colonies throughout the world where they can cause great destruction to native seabirds. For more information, click on the link below.
Proposal to Eradicate Small Mammal from Lehua Island, Hawaii (July 2004)
PSG offers comments on the scoping notice for the eradication of introduced small mammals on Lehua Island, Hawaii. PSG strongly supports the proposed Lehua small-mammal eradication efforts to aid in the conservation of seabirds and their habitat. Rats are notorious for their depredations on bird chicks and eggs as well as adults of the smaller species, and rabbits consume the plants that provide structure to the soil. For more information, click on the link below.
Concerned: ChevronTexaco for Construction of a LNG Plant at Islas Los Coronados (April 2004)
PSG expresses deep concern regarding the proposal by ChevronTexaco Corporation to build a liquid natural gas (LNG) facility 600 meters off Islas Los Coronados, Baja California. Islas Los Coronados support at least 4,600 breeding birds of 10 species of seabirds (Table 1). Of these species, the three storm-petrels and the Cassin’s Auklet are considered threatened and the murrelet is listed as endangered in Mexico. The pelican is listed as endangered in the United States and the murrelet was recently listed as threatened in the State of California. Los Coronados is an important nesting site for these rare species. For more information, click on the link below.
Petition to List Xantus’s Murrelet (Feb 2004)
PSG reaffirms its request to the California Department of Fish and Game to list the Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) as threatened in California.Without the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act, PSG considers that the Xantus’s Murrelet likely will not be provided adequate protection or support for long-term restoration actions to allow population recovery from current depleted levels. For more information, click on the link below.
Xantus’s Murrelet Endangered Species Listing (USA) (Apr 2002)
The Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) is a small diving seabird that is endemic to the southwest coast of North America. Within the United States, this bird is now restricted to a few small sea-caves amongst the Channel Islands in southern California. The population is declining, mostly due to a loss of nesting habitat.
PSG’s petitions to the federal governemnt and state government of California to list this native bird as an endangered species under the federal and California State Endangered Species Acts can be found below.