Interior Moves To Revoke Trump Administration’s Changes To Migratory Bird Treaty Incidental Take Interpretation

May 6th, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule to revoke the January 7, 2021, final regulation that limited the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Significant concerns about the interpretation of the MBTA have been raised by the public, legal challenges in court and from the international treaty partners, says the agency.

Low Flows, High Temperatures Prompt California To Truck 17 Million Salmon Smolts From Central Valley To Coast

April 29th, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is trucking millions of hatchery-raised juvenile Central Valley fall-run chinook salmon this spring to San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens due to projected poor river conditions in the Central Valley. The massive trucking operation is designed to ensure the highest level of survival for the young salmon on their hazardous journey to the Pacific Ocean.

Introduced ‘Recovering America’s Wildlife Act’ Would Bring Millions To State Fish/Wildlife Agencies For Conservation

April 29th, 2021

What Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is calling “a major new piece of legislation,” co-sponsored by Oregon U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, was introduced in the House of Representatives last week. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021 (RAWA) would provide new resources for the conservation of Oregon’s at-risk fish and wildlife species, says the agency.

USFWS Seeks Public Comment On Streaked Horned Lark ESA Listing; Small PNW Bird Gone From Most Of Its Historical Range

April 22nd, 2021

After reviewing the best available scientific and commercial information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reaffirm the listing of the Pacific Northwest’s streaked horned lark as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is also proposing a revised special rule under section 4(d) of the ESA to provide for the conservation needs of the species. The announcement opens a 60-day public comment period.