[Federal Register: December 14, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 240)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 75188-75189]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 10

RIN 1018-AB72

General Provisions; Revised List of Migratory Birds

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, are reopening the comment 
period for our proposed rule to revise the list of migratory birds 
protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to allow interested 
persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
December 29, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments on this proposal in one of the 
following ways:
    1. By postal mail to Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Management, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 
4107, Arlington, VA 22203;
    2. By hand-delivery to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of 
Migratory Bird Management, 4501 North Fairfax Drive, Room 4000, 
Arlington, VA 22203. By prior arrangement, materials available for 
public inspection can also be examined at this location;
    3. By fax to (703) 358-2272; or
    4. By e-mail to mbtabirdlist@fws.gov; or
    5. By the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John L. Trapp, (703) 358-1714.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2006, we published in the 
Federal Register (71 FR 50194-50221) a proposed rule to revise the List 
of Migratory Birds by adding numerous species and removing numerous 
species. The proposed rule is available for online viewing or 
downloading at http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/.

    Our reasons for proposing changes to the list include correcting 

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mistakes, including misspellings; adding species based on new evidence 
of occurrence in the United States or U.S. territories; removing 
species no longer known to occur within the United States; and changing 
names based on new taxonomy. The net increase of 140 species (152 added 
and 12 removed) would bring to 972 the total number of species 
protected by the MBTA (16 U.S.C. 703-711).
    We regulate most aspects of the taking, possession, transportation, 
sale, purchase, barter, exportation, and importation of migratory 
birds. An accurate and up-to-date list of species protected by the MBTA 
is essential for regulatory purposes.
    The comment period for the proposed rule ended October 23, 2006. We 
are reopening the comment period for an additional 15 days (see DATES) 
to allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit 
comments. We will also consider all comments received between October 
24, 2006 (the day after the close of the original comment period) and 
the date of this notice.

    Dated: December 5, 2006.
David M. Verhey,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
 [FR Doc. E6-21313 Filed 12-13-06; 8:45 am]