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March 5, 2010
Sharon Rose (FWS) 303-236-4580
Melodie Lloyd (BLM) 202-912-7412
Hugh Vickery (DOI) 202-208-6416
Western Bird Found ‘Warranted but Precluded’
from Endangered Species Act Protection
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior will expand efforts with state, local and tribal partners to map lands that are vital to the survival of the greater sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that inhabits much of the West, while guiding and managing new conventional and renewable energy projects to reduce impacts on the species, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.
Salazar made the announcement in conjunction with a finding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that, based on accumulated scientific data and new peer-reviewed information and analysis, the greater sage-grouse warrants the protection of the Endangered Species Act but that listing the species at this time is precluded by the need to address higher priority species first. The greater sage-grouse will be placed on the candidate list for future action, meaning the species would not receive statutory protection under the ESA and states would continue to be responsible for managing the bird.
“The sage grouse’s decline reflects the extent to which open land in the West has been developed in the last century,” said Salazar. “This development has provided important benefits, but we must find common-sense ways of protecting, restoring, and reconnecting the Western lands that are most important to the species’ survival while responsibly developing much-needed energy resources. Voluntary conservation agreements, federal financial and technical assistance and other partnership incentives can play a key role in this effort.”
Adding the species to the candidate list will allow the Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies an opportunity to continue to work cooperatively with private landowners to conserve the candidate species. This includes financial and technical assistance, and the ability to develop conservation agreements that provide regulatory assurances to landowners who take actions to benefit the species. One such agreement was signed last month in western Idaho, encompassing an area of over half a million acres.
“There is much we can accomplish for sage-grouse working with private landowners who care about the future of this iconic western species,” said Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland. “Voluntary conservation efforts on private lands, when combined with successful state and federal strategies, hold the key to the long-term survival of the greater sage-grouse.”
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, whose agency manages more greater sage-grouse habitat than any other government agency, said that the BLM will today issue guidance that will expand the use of new science and mapping technologies to improve land-use planning and develop additional measures to conserve sage-grouse habitat while ensuring that energy production, recreational access and other uses of federal lands continue as appropriate. The BLM guidance also addresses a related species, the Gunnison sage-grouse, which has a more limited range, and which is in the process of being evaluated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether it also warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.
“Managing for sensitive and candidate species is nothing new to the BLM,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “Using sound science and effective on-the-ground coordination with our many partners, we will build on current accomplishments in managing for sustainable sage-grouse populations on our National System of Public Lands.”
The guidance, which supplements the BLM’s 2004 National Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy,identifies management actions necessary at some sites to ensure the environmentally responsible exploration, authorization, leasing and development of energy resources in the priority habitat of greater sage-grouse.
Under the guidance, the BLM will continue to coordinate with State fish and wildlife agencies and their Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Technical Committee in the development of a range-wide key habitat map. This mapping project, which is not intended to replace individual State fish and wildlife agency core habitat maps, will identify priority habitat for sage-grouse within each of the western states and reflect this across the known range of sage-grouse.
Greater sage-grouse are found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, eastern California, Nevada, Utah, western Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. They currently occupy approximately 56 percent of their historical range.
If trends since the mid-1960s persist, many local populations may disappear within the next 30 to 100 years, with remaining fragmented populations more vulnerable to extinction in the long-term. However, the sage-grouse population as a whole remains large enough and is distributed across such a large portion of the western United States that Fish and Wildlife Service biologists determined the needs of other species facing more immediate and severe threat of extinction must take priority for listing actions.
The Service will review the status of the species annually, as it does with all candidate species, and will propose the species for protection when funding and workload priorities for other listing actions allow. Should the status of the greater sage-grouse sufficiently improve as a result of the efforts to be undertaken, the Service could determine that the protection of the Endangered Species Act is not needed.
For more information about the Service’s finding on the greater sage-grouse, click here.
For more information about the BLM’s efforts to conserve sage-grouse habitat, click here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2009
|Contact: Greg R. Lawson (614) 888-4868 x 214
Sharon Hayden (614) 888-4868 x 226
Maine Trappers Win Major Court Victory
Karen (Kitty) Irene Tolson Carroll’s
Educational Birds of Prey
Birds of the GauntletTM ---- Free-Flight Raptor Programs
International Falconry Academy™
Bird Strike Force™ Pest Bird Control -- Naturally
Karen ‘ Kitty ‘ Carroll
P.O. Box 1300
Live Oak, Florida, 32064 USA
Web Page: www.birdsofprey.net
- Raptor breeding/rehabilitation
- Falconry courses/field trips/workshops
- Raptor equipment & facilities design/sales
- Apprentice falconer programs
Affiliate of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance www.trca.org
International Hunting Education Association (IHEA)
2727 W. 92nd Ave., Suite 103
Federal Heights, Colorado 80260
phone: 303 430-7233
fax: 303 430-7236
RE: Lead and wildlife
In the current issue of the International Hunter Education Association Journal (www.IHEA.com) Vol. 9, No, 3, (Fall, 2009) page 32, is an article on lead ammunition. I understand the concern of gun hunters defending their position. I am a gun owner and gun hunter myself. I support all forms of hunting and Second Amendment rights. I’ve been a licensed falconer since 1974. I'm a member of the NRA (life) and a Hunter Safety Instructor in Florida, and recently joined the IHEA,
The Peregrine Fund is mentioned in the article. The problem I have with the article is that the name 'Peregrine Fund' is grouped together with anti-hunting organizations. The Peregrine Fund www.peregrinefund.org was founded by falconers who are avid hunters, outdoors enthusiasts and were concerned about the dwindling numbers of peregrine falconers in during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. The P—Fund as many of us call it is the recognized leader worldwide in saving many raptor and other bird species from the brink of extinction. Their exceptional programs promote wise sustained use stewardship of wildlife resources, by focusing on raptors and birds. They educate the citizens of the respective native countries to conserve all precious natural resources. They became concerned about secondary lead poisoning of wildlife and held a conference in May of 2008 to address this important issue. Proceedings are available online at their website.
Many falconers including myself hunt with a variety of methods. Some with firearms and archery, others with other ‘primitive’ methods, such as falconry, coursing with dogs, ferrets and terrier work. An excellent article on this subject written by falconer and outdoor writer Stephen Bodio was published in the March 1987 Issue of American Hunter Magazine. A copy of that article is on the enclosed disk on the PDF files. Also and out of print book by Dan Mannix called ‘A Sporting Chance’ also talks about alternative forms of hunting. I also hold a raptor rehab permit. I have seen myself and talked with other wildlife rehabilitators about the secondary poisoning of wildlife from the remains of field dressed game and the lead fragments left behind. A friend of mine who is an accomplished competitive rifleman and also a falconer has seen firsthand the effects of secondary poisoning in wildlife. Lead residue and particles in our waterways from fishing tackle is also becoming an issue of concern. It is being examined by wildlife authorities and is also being prohibited in certain areas. I have read in the American Rifleman publications about the research being done to offer alternatives to lead based shot and projectiles in firearm ammunition.
Although this concern about lead poisoning can be used as a back-doors tool to curtail gun ownership, stop gun hunting and even fishing by anti-hunting groups. The Peregrine Fund and similar sustained used wildlife organizations need to be categorized correctly and separately, from the anti-hunting protectionist groups. In fact, this year, for the first time in 35 years the US Fish & Wildlife Service and several states allowed the live capture of migrating (passage) peregrines for use in falconry. This is a sustained-use practice the Peregrine Fund supports.
I only request that all of the information is presented before students. Allow them the opportunity to see all of the data concerning lead in wildlife. How to safely field dress animals and prepare game for the table. Have them review the written precautions on handling lead ammunition and firearms enclosed with every gun owner’s manual. That way, they can make an informed decision on using lead or non-lead ammunition.
Kitty Tolson Carroll
I have enclosed a CD which has a PDF copy of the Stephen Bodio Article called “The Sport of Kings” for your review. BTW: The woman with the red-tailed hawk in the article is me .
I also have a blog on the falconer’s leading role in peregrine recovery: www.seeaperegrinethankafalconer.blogspot.com
NRA-Backed Wicker Amendment Adopted By Senate
|Black Tooth mountain in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area, the closest most people ever get to the peak.||Rapid Creek, right along a gravel road, called Red Grade, it is prestine, and beautiful, and accessable from the road.|
|Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, Fl. Much is inaccessable, but much is, either by car or even by canoe.|
|Sloughing or cracked hooves are one of the signs that a whitetail is suffering from, or has recently survived, hemorrhagic disease.|
The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) at the
"We usually see most of our cases in September and October. We picked up our first case on July 27 this year, and right now we have positive cases from
Hemorrhagic disease is caused by bluetongue virus (BTV) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV), which are spread by blood-sucking midges, known as 'gnats' or 'no-see-ums.' The gnats are abundant in late summer, and they thrive in dry, hot conditions, which explains the increased problem with hemorrhagic disease this summer. Dr. Stallknecht said that the EHDV-2 strain, a common strain of virus in the Southeast, is responsible for all of the positive cases so far this year.
The number of local deer that ultimately die during an outbreak depends on a number of factors, including the abundance of midges, the particular strain of the virus, and how much natural immunity is present in the deer population. In areas where hemorrhagic disease outbreaks are less common such as the North and West, there is less immunity, and outbreaks can take a heavier toll.
Deer infected with a hemorrhagic disease virus may appear lame or lose their fear of humans; swelling of the head, neck and tongue may be apparent, as well as excessive salivation. Deer managers and hunters may locate dead or dying deer near water sources, as the fever associated with infection leads to intense thirst. A varying percentage of deer in specific outbreaks will survive the infection, and if harvested in early fall by hunters, they usually exhibit 'sloughing' or cracked hooves and healing ulcers on the tongue and lining of the mouth.
If you locate a dead or dying deer where you hunt and you suspect disease of any kind, contact your state wildlife agency as soon as possible.
For more details about hemorrhagic disease, click here for a link to a recent article from QDMA's Quality Whitetails magazine: Click Here
Click here to visit the Web site of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study: Click Here
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