Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Comments sought for Yellow-billed Loon conservation

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service now seeks public comments about the draft conservation agreement for Yellow-billed Loon. The 27-page draft outlines goals, objectives, conservation concerns, conservation strategies and actions, and a conservation schedule among other topics.

According to the press release:


The goal of this Agreement is to protect these birds and their breeding, brood-rearing, and migrating habitats in Alaska. In so doing, the partnering agencies hope that current or potential threats in these areas can be avoided, eliminated or reduced to the degree that the species will not become threatened or endangered as a result of such threats within the foreseeable future.


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You can submit comments--but not anonymous ones--by snail-mail, fax or e-mail and in person to the Fairbanks, Alaska, office.
* snail-mail: Yellow-billed Loon Draft Conservation Agreement Comments, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 101 12th Ave., Fairbanks AK 99701
* fax: 907-456-0208
* e-mail: YBLoon AT fws.gov, ATTN: Yellow-billed Loon Draft Conservation Agreement

Given strong sentiments about Alaska within the birding community, I wonder how many birders will contribute their knowledge to this discussion.

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