June 2016 Posts

Rare Elfin Woods Warbler Receives Endangered Species Act Protection

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Elfin-woods warbler. Credit: Mike Morel.

A message from Acting Coordinator Soledad Gaztambide-Arandes:

I was asked to share this important news with CLCC Steering Committee and partners. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially listed the Elfin Woods Warbler (Setophaga angelae) in their endangered and threatened species list. As you know, this is a complex and long process. We congratulate the FWS Regional and Field Offices for this effort and hope that they are able to complete the process of extending protection to this species critical habitat. They are accepting comments on the proposed rule and/or economic analysis until August 22nd. 

Listing Rule:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/22/2016-14540/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-threatened-species-status-for-the-elfin-woods-warbler

Critical Habitat Rule:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/22/2016-14539/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-designation-of-critical-habitat-for-elfin-woods

 

Read the official U.S. FWS Press Release, “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the Elfin-Woods Warbler as a Threatened Species with Exemptions for Shade Coffee.”

Speaking to the importance of collaboration in these efforts to conserve the birds habitat, Edwin Muñiz, the Service’s Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office Supervisor writes, “We look forward to continuing our work with landowners, the Commonwealth, federal land managers, and others to conserve the mountainsides the elfin-woods warbler needs.  Actions that benefit this bird and its habitat, such as shade grown coffee plantations, will have additional benefits to other native wildlife including other endangered species in the area. We greatly appreciate all the help from landowners and governmental land managers working cooperatively towards that goal.”

 

Sincerely,

Soledad Gaztambide-Arandes

Policy and Government Relations Coord., Para la Naturaleza

Acting Coordinator, Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative