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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. Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court challenging the recently finalized rule limiting the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The National Audubon Society, American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council,
  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. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it is reducing the critical habitat designated for the Northern Spotted Owls by nearly 3.5 million acres. Just last month, the agency determined that up-listing the owl, from threatened to endangered, under the Endangered Speci
  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. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the Interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos) has recovered and therefore will be removed from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. According to the USFWS, the Interior Least Tern
  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. Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its final rule changing the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, nearly a year after officially proposing the formal policy change. The new rule is based on a December 2017 Interior Department internal memo interpreting the MBT
  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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final definition for “habitat” under the Endangered Species Act. The ESA defines “critical habitat” as “(i) the specific areas within the geographical area occupied by the species, at the time it is listed ... on which are found those physica
  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 has released a 12-month finding for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), declining to move the species from threatened to endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. “After a thorough review of the best available scientific an
  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 National Wildlife Health Center has issued a Wildlife Health Bulletin entitled “Winter 2020 Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses Circulating Globally in Wild Birds.” According to the report, this year multiple strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (H5
  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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it will not list the Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) under the Endangered Species Act. In 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned asking that the Tufted Puffin be listed either as a species or a distinct populatio
  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. The Trump administration has released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) assessing its proposed rule limiting the reach of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exclude incidental take. Traditionally, the MBTA has been interpreted by the Department of the Interior to prohibit b
  10. The Ornithological Council is planning a minor revision to the Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research. This foundational publication, now in its third edition, provides an in-depth guide to the animal welfare considerations when performing research involving wild birds, including ethical considerations and the legal framework that must be followed by researchers. Topics include investigator impact generally, collecting and trapping, marking, transport, housing and captive breeding, minor and major manipulative procedures, and euthanasia. The last edition was published in 2010. T
  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 Ornithological Council provided input about some of the key science and technology positions in the U.S. Government, as part of an effort to highlight these roles for the new administration. The Day One Project, an initiative of the Federation of American Scientists, is developing
  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. In September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they are downlisting the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act, citing partnerships with both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Forest Service, along with more than 30 other
  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 Ornithological Council nominated two ornithologists for a new standing committee on animal welfare. The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research issued a call to nominate experts for a new Standing Committee for the Care and Use of Animals in Research earlier this fall. The new committee
  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. The Ornithological Council has updated the fact sheets available on its website, BIRDNET.ORG. Visit the Fact Sheet page on BIRDNET to view fact sheets on: Avian influenza and West Nile virus Rapid Cardiac Compression The Use of Drones to Study Birds Scientific Collect
  15. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today launched a new online permit system that will allow applicants to submit, pay for, and track their permit applications online. The new system will be phased in over the coming months, with some permits available in the system immediately and some being added in the coming months. Not all permits used by ornithologists are available yet in the new system. Scientific collecting permits, for example, won’t be available through epermits until early next year. Also, note that amendments and modifications of current permits will be handled offline until
  16. 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 offered testimony during a virtual listening session held by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to gather information to assist in the development of regulations for birds not bred for use in rese
  17. 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 submitted comments to the Animal Care program within USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service regarding guidance the program released last month, clarifying the definition of “field study “within the context of the Animal Welfare Act. The draft policy ai
  18. UPDATE: Nomination deadline extended until Nov. 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 National Academies’ Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) is forming a new standing committee to inform future updates or additions to The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide). The Guide is a leadin
  19. 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 has announced that they are downlisting red-cockaded woodpeckers from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency cited partnerships with both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Forest Service, along with more than 30 other pub
  20. 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. While the COVID pandemic may have canceled field seasons, moved conferences online, and caused many of us to shelter at homes for prolonged periods, the Ornithological Council has been busy over the past several months. This update will give you a sense of what we’ve been up to... Long
  21. 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. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released a proposed policy document, “Research Involving Free-living Wild Species In Their Natural Habitat,” to assist research institutions in determining whether an activity involving free-living wild animals in their natural habita
  22. 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. From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Critical to Scientific Discovery and Innovation, Biological Collections Need Strategy, Action Center, and Increased Investment News Release | September 10, 2020 WASHINGTON — The sustainability of the nation’s b
  23. 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 has released an updated version of A Guide to the Processes and Procedures for Importing Bird Products into the United State for Scientific Research and Display. This extensive guide, which was thoroughly updated this year, provides a step-by-step guide for ornitho
  24. 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. FROM APHIS: Import Alert: HPAI restrictions for avian commodities originating from or transiting Australia Issuance Date: August 4, 2020 Effective date: July 24, 2020 Effective July 24, 2020, and until further notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Pla
  25. The board of the Ornithological Council is considering adopting a new policy that would restrict the assistance of the OC staff on permitting and animal welfare issues to those individuals who are members of the 10 societies that currently make up the Ornithological Council. This change is due to the withdrawal of financial support by the American Ornithological Society as of 1July 2020. Almost all funding for the Ornithological Council’s activities come from its member societies, with some coming from individual donors. The Ornithological Council (OC) was founded in 1992 as a non-profit
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