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Federal Agency Declines To Put Bird in Channel Islands On Endangered Species List

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:47am

A type of bird found in the Channel Islands which has been the focus of concern because of its low population numbers isn’t going to make the Endangered Species List.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been reviewing the Ashy Storm-Petrel a medium sized, dark gray bird with a long forked trail, and webbed feet.

The Channel Islands, along with Southeast Farallon Island, off of San Francisco, are the primary habitats for the birds.

The population has fluctuated in recent years, but government researchers believe it’s a natural ebb and flow, and that the species is not in decline.

In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a not warranted finding for adding endangered protections for the bird.

The Center for Biological Diversity challenged the ruling.

But, following a review, the agency is reaffirming its earlier finding.

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