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USFWS Seeks Additional Information on West Coast Fisher Populations

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reopened the comment period on the proposal to list the West Coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The Service is seeking additional information on threats to the fisher population to more fully inform the final listing decision. Comments will be accepted through May 14, 2015, and the final decision whether to list the species is now April 7, 2016. Read News Release>

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Lek Cam Offers Streaming Video of the Sage-Grouse Strut

Photo - Greater Sage-grouse males (Tom Gray, Bird Web).

The greater sage-grouse's strutting dance is one of North America's defining wildlife spectacles, and one that few Americans have ever seen. Now, a new live-streaming video project supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy is offering the public a chance to see this amazing display without having to sneak out into the sagebrush in the frigid half-light before dawn. Now, the performance can now be viewed from your own home by visiting: nature.org . The best viewing times are between 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PST. Read more>

More information on the greater sage-grouse and ongoing collaborative work to conserve the sagebrush landscape is available at: http://www.fws.gov/greatersagegrouse/.

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Western Snowy Plovers Nesting on Oregon Coast near Nehalem Spit

photo credit: Jim JohnsonA surprise sighting of a pair of western snowy plovers nesting on the spit south of Nehalem Bay State Park has Oregon State Parks staff on “bird alert.” It also means some changes for beachgoers on the two-mile stretch of beach south of the park’s day-use area.

“This is early in the year for snowy plovers to be nesting,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Wildlife Biologist Vanessa Blackstone, who discovered the nest April 3. “It’s exciting news. This is the first time in 30 years that we have a confirmed nest here, and supports all the hard work Oregonians have done to help this species survive.” Other adult male and female plovers have been seen along the spit in recent days as well.Read more>

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