Conserving the Nature of America
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Status of 77 Species
Latest scientific and commercial information sought for update

June 25, 2021


Dana Bivens, 503-231-6210,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is initiating five-year reviews of 77 species protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The species are found in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii.

To assist in its reviews, the Service is opening a 60-day public comment period for the submission of scientific and commercial information produced since the original listing of each of these species. Governmental agencies, Tribes, interested parties, stakeholders, and members of the public are asked to submit information by August 24, 2021.

The species to be reviewed include two species of mammals, six species of birds, seven species of insects, and 62 species of plants. A list of the species, their current listing classifications, and more information is available here.

Status reviews of all listed species are required by the ESA at least once every five years to determine whether a species’ classification as threatened or endangered is still appropriate. If the best scientific and commercial data not consistent with the current classification of any species, the Service will recommend a change in the species’ classification. A species could be recommended for reclassification from endangered to threatened (downlisting), from threatened to endangered (uplisting), or for removal from the Federal list of threatened and endangered species (delisting).

Any recommended change in classification would be subject to a separate rule-making process that includes opportunities for public review and comment. If no change in classification is recommended, the species would remain under its current listing status.

Information that is considered in a status review includes:

  • Species biology, including but not limited to, population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics and genetics;
  • Habitat conditions including, but not limited to, amount, distribution and suitability;
  • Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species;
  • Threat status and trends; and
  • Other new information, data or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the list, and improved analytical methods.

For more information on the five-year reviews and where to submit comments and information please visit; or contact Megan Laut, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 808–792–9400 (for species in Hawaii). For the northern Idaho ground squirrel, contact Kathleen Hendricks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, at 208–378–5243.For the Columbian white-tailed deer, contact Jennifer Siani, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 503–231–6179.

More information on each of the species can be found at

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