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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 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.
  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 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
  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 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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 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
  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 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
  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 & 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently launched a new online permitting system. (Note that this system is hosted on a contractor’s server, not on fws.gov, and it may sometime generate emails from non-fws.gov domains). You may have received an email on Friday, February 12 instructi
  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 Ornithological Council sent a letter to Martha Williams, congratulating her on her appointment as Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That letter included the OC's recommendations for the new administration. Williams began her career as an attorney for
  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. In addition to freezing implementation of the Trump administration’s Migratory Bird Treaty Act rule, the new Biden administration has been busy, issuing countless executive orders and filling key staff positions within the federal agencies. In an executive order issued on his first day
  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 Department of the Interior announced yesterday 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. That rule was set to go into effect on Feb. 8. The U.S. Fish a
  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 Ornithological Council has released its 2020 Annual Report. Learn more about what the OC does and what we accomplished on behalf of the ornithological community last year. Thanks for your support! About the Ornithological Council The Ornithological Council is a consort
  16. If you need an permit, the time to apply is...NOW! Do you need one? More than one? What should you do to make the process go quickly and smoothly? Your advisor has signed off on your research proposal. You’ve got your funding. Your IACUC has approved your protocols. What stands between you and your field work is a permit - or more than one! There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you get your Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, and state permits in time to get your field work underway. It can take up to 90 days to obtain a permit - longer if the permi
  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. 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,
  18. 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
  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 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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 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
  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. 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
  25. 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
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