[Tweeters] WDFW looking for comments on Yellow-billed Cuckoo listing

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Tue Jan 31 18:34:05 PST 2017

The WDFW is looking for public input by April 30th on the listing recommendation of "endangered" for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. If you want to weigh in on the listing of this species, comments can be sent via email or snail-mail as noted below.

January 30, 2017
Contact: Hannah Anderson, (360) 902-8403
WDFW seeks comments on draft status report for yellow-billed cuckoos OLYMPIA - State wildlife managers are seeking public input on their recommendation to list the yellow-billed cuckoo as an endangered species in Washington.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reviews the status of rare and declining species in the state. The public can comment through April 30 on the listing recommendation and status report for yellow-billed cuckoo, which is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/endangered/status_review/.

Written comments on the report and WDFW's recommendation can be submitted via email to mailto:TandEpubliccom at dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Hannah Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

WDFW staff members are tentatively scheduled to discuss the report and listing recommendation with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its June meeting in Clarkston. The commission is a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW. For meeting dates and times, check the commission webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.
Yellow-billed cuckoos are medium-sized birds with grayish-brown bodies, white underbellies and curved yellow bills. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distinguished the cuckoos in western North America as separate from their eastern counterparts and listed the western population as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2014. In Washington, cuckoos have been considered a candidate species for listing since 1991.

Only 680 to 1,025 breeding pairs of western yellow-billed cuckoos are estimated to range the western United States to northwest Mexico. Historical records suggest that the species once nested in at least six counties of western Washington - Whatcom, Skagit, King, Pierce, Grays Harbor, and Clark. Just 20 sightings of yellow-billed cuckoos have been documented in Washington since the 1950s and likely were of birds that were not nesting in the state.

Although unlikely, this species may still rarely breed in the state given the existence of cuckoo habitat, including riparian areas, brush and fir forests. Threats to western yellow-billed cuckoos include the loss of riparian habitats and possibly agricultural pesticide use.

Forty-three species of fish and wildlife are listed for protection as state endangered, threatened or sensitive species.
May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs four birds at outlook dot com

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