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Black-capped Petrel now listed as endangered

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently finalized the listing of the Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  

In 2018, the USFWS proposed listing the Black-capped Petrel as threatened. In May 2023, the comment period of that proposal was reopened in light of significant new information the the agency received after 2018. 

While the USFWS previously had determined that critical habitat for the species was not prudent, the agency now has determined in to be “prudent but not determinable,” since it does not have enough information to complete a critical habitat analysis. USFWS anticipates publishing proposed critical habitat for the Black-capped Petrel in 2024. 

The listing will go into effect on January 29. 

Read more in the USFWS' press release

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