If I were to sum up efforts by Oregon Wild, partner organizations, supporters and activists like you to advocate for more protections for the marbled murrelet, it would look something like this:
I realize that’s a bit confusing, but the most important takeaway from this long, sordid history is that on July 9th, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has another chance to decide whether the “enigma of the Pacific” should be uplisted from ‘threatened’ to ‘endangered’ under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.
This is a really important moment for the Commission, not only because it’s an opportunity to restore public trust, but also because they can demonstrate true conservation leadership by supporting stronger protections for this imperiled species, and by extension, its habitat. An uplisting from ‘threatened’ to ‘endangered’ would initiate the much needed process of creating a long-term recovery plan for the marbled murrelet, something that has never been developed by Oregon wildlife officials despite the fact that it has been on the endangered species list for over two decades!
Marbled murrelets face a number of threats — including habitat fragmentation, climate change, predation, ocean warming, and potential large-scale disturbances like wildfire — which put their future in jeopardy.
That’s why we need the Commission to take action now to ensure the marbled murrelet receives the necessary protections and management actions that put it on a path to recovery, not extinction.
Please don’t let this opportunity to speak up for the marbled murrelet slip by you! Send a public comment to the Commission today!
For the wildlife,
Wildlife Program Coordinator