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Scripps’s and Guadalupe Murrelet Technical Committee

Xantus’s Murrelet has been split into Scripps’s and Guadalupe Murrelets. The Scripps’s Murrelet is a small and secretive seabird whose breeding range is limited to islands off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, and the Channel Islands off southern California. Within the United States, these birds nest principally within Channel Islands National Park, with the largest colony at Santa Barbara Island. Studies in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s suggested that the U.S. populations of this rare seabird were declining. In the early 1990s, PSG established the Xantus’s Murrelet Technical Committee to review the threats facing the species and its current status and consider whether the species was in need of special protections under the Endangered Species Act. The Committee has made management recommendations to the national park and other agencies, and has helped to facilitate studies to gather information useful for assessing population trends. In 2002, PSG submitted petitions to both the California Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the murrelet under the state and federal ESAs, respectively (click here to see the petition submitted to the state of California; click here to see the petition submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). On February 5, 2004, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list the species as threatened in California (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/news04/04017.html). The Committee continues to assess the status of and threats to the species, and to coordinate research and conservation efforts in the US and Mexico. For further information contact Shaye Wolfe.

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