Six species of birds found on islands in French Polynesia, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa are being proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The proposal published in the January 5, 2010, Federal Register, is based on an assessment of the best scientific and commercial information available. The following species are proposed to be protected as endangered: the Cantabrian capercaillie, the Marquesan imperial pigeon, the Eiao Polynesian warbler, the greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser and the slender-billed curlew.
“The proposal to protect these six species represents the United States effort to promote global conservation,” said Service Director Sam Hamilton.
The primary factors causing the population declines vary by species, but include habitat loss and modification, overutilization (e.g., hunting, collection), inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms, and other natural and manmade factors, including pesticide use and disturbance.
The addition of a foreign species to the Federal list of threatened and endangered species places restrictions on the importation of either the animal or its parts. Listing also serves to heighten awareness of the importance of conserving these species among foreign governments, conservation organizations and the public.
The Service will accept comments and information concerning the species from all interested parties for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register
. Comments may be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov
. (Follow the instructions on the Web page for submitting comments). To deliver written comments by U.S. mail or hand-delivery, address to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AV75; Division of
Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes. All comments will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov
. Comments, along with personal identifying information such as an address, telephone number, email address or other such personal information will be posted along with your comments.
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