[Tweeters] Ferruginous Hawk Periodic Status Review recommendation

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Tue Jan 12 16:17:08 PST 2021

Here's your chance to weigh in on the periodic status review (PSR) Ferruginous Hawk. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recommendation in the PSR is to uplist the Ferruginous Hawk from state "threatened" to "endangered" (see below). I personally agree with the recommendation. Please send in your comments to Taylor Cotten on the link below or via snail mail. The WDFW Commission will review the PSR and your comments later this year and decide whether or not to uplist this species. And please include any evidence you have regarding this status change recommendation when you send in comments.


Chair, emeritus, WDFW Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council

The Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on keeping common species common and recovering sensitive, threatened, or endangered species. The council also recommends approaches for developing and maintaining the social, political, and financial support necessary to conserve wildlife species diversity in Washington.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Date: January 12, 2021
Contacts: Taylor Cotten 360-902-2505; Jason Wettstein 360-704-0258

WDFW seeks comment on periodic status review for Ferruginous Hawks

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public input on its draft periodic status review for the Ferruginous Hawk. The department is recommending a change from threatened to endangered status for Ferruginous Hawks in Washington.

Breeding populations of Ferruginous Hawks have been in sustained decline in Washington since 1974, with a decreasing trend in adult pairs at nesting areas and decreased reproductive success.

"Ferruginous Hawks have been in trouble for decades. Factors involved include loss and degradation of nesting and foraging habitat, and associated reductions to populations of their primary prey species," said Taylor Cotten, Conservation Assessment Section Manager at WDFW.

The Ferruginous Hawk, the largest hawk in North America, is an open-country species that inhabits grasslands and shrub-steppe in eastern Washington. Conversion and degradation of native grasslands and arid shrublands has resulted in the loss of nesting and foraging habitat for the species.

The draft periodic status review for the Ferruginous Hawk is available for review at WDFW's publications webpage<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwdfw.wa.gov%2Fpublications%2F02210&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cd6c126f3a1b841bea82408d8b72abaa6%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460741431757872%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=q1m3pZcyhquFwlFSKicJqIasAYKxOM%2F8nbb4PAn3qlc%3D&reserved=0>. The public can provide comments on the drafts through April 12, 2021.

Written comments on the review and recommendation can be submitted via email to TandEpubliccom at dfw.wa.gov<mailto:TandEpubliccom at dfw.wa.gov> or by mail to Taylor Cotten, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P.O. Box 43141, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.

WDFW prepares recovery plans to guide conservation and recovery efforts and periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state.

WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. The agency works to keep common species common and restore species of greatest conservation need.
May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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