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    • As of November 25, the Straw-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus) has moved from Appendix II to Appendix I of CITES. The songbird was initially included in Appendix II in 1997. However, a recent population decline across its range in Southeast Asia resulting from its popularity in the songbird trade, in addition to habitat loss, led to a proposal to transfer it from Appendix II to Appendix I at the 2019 Conference of the Parties. Now that the species is listed as Appendix I, trade in the species will be more closely regulated. In general, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will only issue an import permit for an Appendix I species if (1) the specimens was legally obtained, (2) the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species, and (3) an import permit has been acquired. Next month, the CITES Secretariat will host a workshop on songbirds in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss the scale and scope of international songbird trade to consider the management and conservation priorities of songbird taxa involved in such trade.  You can learn more about the CITES requirements, as well as other requirements for import permitting, in the OC's Import Guide.   
    • The University of Alaska UA Foundation is seeking volunteers within the field of migratory bird research for grant reviewers to join the Angus Gavin Award Review Team to evaluate grant applications submitted to the UA Foundation. If you are interested in being considered, please contact Dory Straight, Director of Scholarship Compliance and Administration, at dory.straight@alaska.edu for additional information. Grants are intended to be used for the support of research on bird species found either permanently or seasonally in Alaska or its coastal waters, including their biology, general ecology and habitat relationships.  Research designed to yield information of value in management of bird species will be given preference.  This shall include aspects of management directed toward protection, maintenance or enhancement of bird populations and their habitats that may be influenced by development activities. Proposals dealing with the habitat of Alaskan bird species and its effects on such species are acceptable under the terms of the grant.
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    • The American Bird Conservancy recently petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate the Eastern population of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) as a distinct population segment and to list that population as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. According to the petition, the current population is around 5,000 birds and is genetically distinct from other Golden Eagle populations in the U.S. Eastern Golden Eagle are not known to breed in the U.S.; many of the birds in this population nest in Quebec, Canada. ABC is concerned about the effects of wind energy projects on the Golden Eagle, among other threats. While no population of Golden Eagles has ever been listed under the ESA, the birds are already protected by both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Read more from ABC here.  About the Ornithological Council The Ornithological Council is a consortium of scientific societies of ornithologists; these societies span the Western Hemisphere and the research conducted by their members spans the globe. Their cumulative expertise comprises the knowledge that is fundamental and essential to science-based bird conservation and management.  The Ornithological Council is financially supported by our ten member societies and the individual ornithologists who value our work. If the OC’s resources are valuable to you, please consider joining one of our member societies or donating directly at Birdnet.org. Thank you for your support!
    • The U.S. Fish and Service is seeking public input on a draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft Barred Owl Management Strategy that addresses the threat of the non-native and invasive Barred Owl to native Northern and California Spotted Owls. The Northern Spotted Owl is protected under the Endangered Species Act, and the California Spotted Owl were proposed for listing in February 2023. The USFWS has identified competition from non-native and invasive Barred Owls as one of two main threats to the Northern Spotted Owl’s survival. The draft strategy and draft EIS are now open for a 60-day comment period. Learn more here.  
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