Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Watch These Endangered Birds

The National Audubon Society and American Bird Conservancy have issued an updated Watchlist of species at risk of extinction. The list contains 178 species in the continental United States and 39 from Hawaii.

“We call this a ‘WatchList’ but it is really a call to action, because the alternative is to watch these species slip ever closer to oblivion”, said Audubon Bird Conservation Director and co-author of the new list, Greg Butcher. “Agreeing on which species are at the greatest risk is the first step in building the public policies, funding support, innovative conservation initiatives and public commitment needed to save them.” ...

“Adoption of this list as the ‘industry standard’ will help to ensure that conservation resources are allocated to the most important conservation needs”, said David Pashley, American Bird Conservancy’s Director of Conservation Programs and co-author of the new list. “How quickly and effectively we act to protect and support the species on this list will determine their future; where we’ve taken aggressive action, we’ve seen improvement.”
You can read more about the Watchlist here. The list is divided into a red list designation - species whose global status is threatened - and a yellow list - species of conservation concern only within the United States. Below is the full list of red-listed species. To see the yellow-listed species as well, browse the full list.

  • Mottled Duck
  • Steller's Eider
  • Spectacled Eider
  • Hawaiian Duck
  • Hawaiian Goose
  • Laysan Duck
Gallinaceous Birds
  • Gunnison Sage-Grouse
  • Sooty Grouse
  • Greater Prairie-Chicken
  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Black-footed Albatross
  • Short-tailed Albatross
Shearwaters and Petrels
  • Bermuda Petrel
  • Black-capped Petrel
  • Hawaiian Petrel
  • Pink-footed Shearwater
  • Newell's Shearwater
  • Black-vented Shearwater
  • Ashy Storm-Petrel
  • Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
  • Black Storm-Petrel
  • Tristram's Storm-Petrel
  • Least Storm-Petrel
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Reddish Egret
  • California Condor
  • Hawaiian Hawk
  • Yellow Rail
  • Black Rail
  • Hawaiian Coot
  • Whooping Crane
  • Piping Plover
  • Mountain Plover
  • Eskimo Curlew
  • Rock Sandpiper
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Gulls and Terns
  • Ivory Gull
  • Least Tern
  • Kittlitz's Murrelet
  • Xantus's Murrelet
  • Craveri's Murrelet
  • White-crowned Pigeon
  • Green Parakeet
  • Thick-billed Parrot
  • Red-crowned Parrot
  • Spotted Owl
  • Lewis's Woodpecker
  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  • Gilded Flicker
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker
  • Bell's Vireo
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Florida Scrub-Jay
  • Hawaiian Crow
  • Elepaio
  • Millerbird
  • Kamao
  • Olomao
  • Omao
  • Puaiohi
  • Bicknell's Thrush
  • Bendire's Thrasher
  • Bachman's Warbler
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Kirtland's Warbler
  • Bachman's Sparrow
  • Black-chinned Sparrow
  • Baird's Sparrow
  • Henslow's Sparrow
  • Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
  • Seaside Sparrow
  • Tricolored Blackbird
  • Laysan Finch
  • Nihoa Finch
  • Ou
  • Palila
  • Maui Parrotbill
  • Oahu Amakihi
  • Kauai Amakihi
  • Anianiau
  • Nukupuu
  • Akiapolaau
  • Akikiki
  • Hawaii Creeper
  • Oahu Alauahio
  • Maui Alauahio
  • Akekee
  • Akepa
  • Iiwi
  • Akohekohe
  • Poo-uli