Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Findings for Five Species

Today, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced 90-day findings on petitions to add five species to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The Service found that the petitions to list the following four species presented “substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted” for the following:

  • Bleached Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sinemaculata) – a butterfly found in Humboldt County, Nevada.
  • Blue Tree Monitor Lizard (Varanus macraei) – a reptile found in Indonesian New Guinea.
  • Bornean Earless Monitor Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis) – a reptile found in India.
  • Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) – a bird found in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and Baja California, Mexico.
Pinyon Jay photographed by Marcus England during Golden Eagle nest surveys for proposed mine expansion in San Bernardino County, California, March 2016.

The potential listing of the Pinyon Jay has the most potential significance for the work of England|Ecology. Primary considerations for listing of the Pinyon Jay include adverse habitat treatments in piñon-juniper woodlands, increased wildfire frequency, invasive species, inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms, and climate change. You can read the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s species account here and see their range map for Pinyon Jay in California here. The All About Birds species account from Cornell Labs is here.

The Federal Register document with full details of this announcement is located here.

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2 responses to “Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Findings for Five Species”

  1. Thank you for doing this!! Now I understand even more the value of tagging what you see on iNaturalist and Merlin Bird app. How can we create or join you in stopping development within Pinyon Jay habitat? Wildfire in so cal is my specialty. I am here to help. Love all our jays and piñon-juniper woodlands so much!

    1. Hi Elisa. Thanks for your comment. I was providing this simply to share information about determinations from the Service.

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