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  1. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a recovery plan for the Rufa Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) this week. The subspecies is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As required by the ESA, the draft recovery plan contains: (1) a description of such site-specifi
  2. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to revoke the final rule published in January limiting the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). In the proposal, the USFWS indicates its intent to revoke the January rule and return to the previous, traditional in
  3. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Late last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally designated 298,845 acres as critical habitat for the western population of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus). The final designation included 39% less critical habitat than the February 2020 proposal, and includes areas
  4. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today in the Federal Register that it will further delay implementation of the final rule reducing the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat in Washington, Oregon, and California. That final rule, published in January, would have reduced th
  5. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The Canadian Council on Animal Care has published new guidelines regarding animal welfare. The CCAC guidelines: Animal welfare assessment, is one of a series of guideline documents published by the CCAC, based on expert peer advice and scientific evidence, to provide information for investig
  6. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downlist the Hawaiian Stilt or ae'o (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) from endangered to threatened. The agency is also proposing what is known as a 4(d) rule to set out specific protections for the species while it is listed as threatened.
  7. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that over 30 species of birds will be added to Appendix III. The species covered by CITES are listed in three different Appendices, according to the degree of protection they need. Appen
  8. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The Ornithological Council wrote to the new Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, congratulating her on her confirmation. In that letter, the OC also highlighted some priorities for the new administration, such as rescinding the previous administration's dangerous reinterpretation of the M
  9. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Virginia has become the first state to issue regulations to protect migratory birds in the state against incidental take, in light of the previous federal administration's controversial reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). In late 2017, the Department of Interior ch
  10. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Yesterday, Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Bird-Safe Buildings Act in the U.S. Congress. This bipartisan bill, which has been introduced in previous Congresses, aims to reduce bird mortality by requiring federal buildings to incorporate bird
  11. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The Department of the Interior has revoked the internal memo (known as the M-Opinion) issued in 2017 first limiting enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to intentional killing or injuring of birds. The M-Opinion had already been invalidated by a federal court last year, in a lawsuit
  12. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The Department of the Interior announced that acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega signed a secretarial order revoking the Trump-era “Open Science” order issued in 2018 by then-Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt. The new order also calls for a review of all departmental activities taken
  13. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has published a Federal Register notice informing the public about proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices and proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items that the United States might submit for consideration at the 19th Meeting of the Conferenc
  14. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Earlier this month, the Department of the Interior announced that it would freeze implementation of the controversial Trump-era rule that changed the enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to no longer apply to incidental take, which was set to go into effect on Feb. 8. The U.S. F
  15. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 10 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. The Department of the Interior announced yesterday, via an emailed statement, that it will delay implementation of the final rule reducing the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat in Washington, Oregon, and California. That final rule, published in January, would have reduced the owl
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