Species in the News
Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Proposed for Federal Protection
Service Proposes Designation of Critical Habitat for Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western distinct population segment (DPS) of the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America.
The public comment period for the proposal to list the yellow-billed cuckoo in 12 western states has been reopened for 15 days. The new comment period closes April 25, 2014. The Service seeks information regarding any threats to the species and regulations that may address those threats.
The diversity of wildlife throughout the American west includes the western yellow- billed cuckoo. It has been a candidate for listing due to its unique habitats and declining nesting history. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to list the western distinct population as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Service is requesting public input regarding this proposal, and will be accepting comments and new information until December 2, 2013.
Proposed Revised Critical Habitat Designation for Canada Lynx
To tailor current protections for unique conservation needs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a revision of currently designated critical habitat for the Canada lynx. The Canada lynx is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act with critical habitat units in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming. The proposal is considering the exclusion of some tribal lands and lands with existing conservation plans, and a revised boundary of the lynx distinct population segment (DPS). Hearings will be held in Montana and Maine with public commentary on the proposed rule accepted until December 26, 2013.
Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel
Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel 5 Year Review
News Release (PDF 135 KB)
5-Year Review (PDF 1.04 MB)
Squirrel Comparison and Ranges (PDF 3MB)
The five-year review of the northern Idaho ground squirrel (Spermophilus brunneus brunneus) has been completed. The animal, found only in Idaho's Adams and Valley counties, will remain protected as a threatened species. The Service commends partnership work on northern Idaho ground squirrel recovery.
Columbia Spotted Frog
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories for federal financial assistance for conservation activities that benefit endangered species. The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF), authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, provides grants to support voluntary conservation projects for listed and candidate species. Proposals have specific requirements and details. Please visit the website by the link posted below to find out more information.
Last updated: October 2, 2014