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Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Population Augmentation Stakeholder Meeting
Southwest Region, July 25, 2007
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Arizona Ecological Services Office staff assisted the Arizona Game and Fish Department Research Program with a stakeholder meeting on July 25, 2007, to gather input and direction related to the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl (pygmy-owl) population augmentation plan that was jointly developed by both agencies to address pygmy-owl conservation in Arizona.  Although delisted in April 2006, both agencies remain committed to the conservation of the pygmy-owl.  In light of the current petition to relist the pygmy-owl, additional information gathered related to the conservation of the pygmy-owl will be very useful.   Attendees were presented an update on the legal status of the pygmy-owl and 2007 population numbers, as well as components of the plan that are currently being implemented, such as the captive breeding research project and the nest box project.   Discussion was held related to all of the plan elements in order to gather public input and direction for the development of a detailed research plan, as called for within the general augmentation plan.  Significant discussion was also held regarding the relationship of augmentation activities to the Habitat Conservation Plans being developed locally. The meeting was productive and the input received will be incorporated as the detailed research plan is developed.  The research plan will be circulated to cooperators, stakeholders, and affected parties for review and input.  Attendees at the meeting included representatives from USFWS, AGFD, Pima County, Metropolitan Pima Alliance, Southern Arizona Cattle Producers Association, Arizona State Land Department, Wild At Heart, Defenders of Wildlife, and the environmental consulting community. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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