- Category: Current Issues
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has recommended an uplisting of the Marbled Murrelet--from threatened to endangered--and is soliciting public comment. The 2016 Status Review can be viewed on the WDFW website.
The Marbled Murrelet population has declined 44 percent over the past 15 years in Washington State. Population declines have been occurring throughout the species' entire range--from Alaska to California. Every conservation tool is needed to save this species from extinction. Wildlife biologists believe the Marbled Murrelet could become extirpated in Washington within the next several decades if solutions aren't found to address threats to this species.
More information on uplisting the Marbled Murrelet and Washington State’s plans for conservation of its habitat can be found on page 5 of our newsletter, The Whistler (pdf)
The uplisting is strongly supported by the National Audubon Society, Audubon Washington, Black Hills Audubon Society (Olympia), Willapa Hills Audubon Society, the Murrelet Survival Project (a coalition of conservation groups including Seattle Audubon, Conservation Northwest, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club, Olympic Forest Coalition, and the Washington Forest Law Center).
Written comments on the reviews and recommendations can be submitted by Oct. 10,