"Oregon Elevates Threatened Marbled Murrelet To Endangered Status"

"After a deadlocked 3-3 vote, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 Friday to elevate the marbled murrelet from a “threatened” species to “endangered.”

The marbled murrelet is a seabird that nests in older coastal forests, and its population has been in a long-term decline in large part because of the loss of old growth trees to logging.

Several environmental groups petitioned the state to change the status of the bird. They told commissioners the bird’s decline and ongoing loss of older forestland, together with other threats such as climate change and poor ocean conditions, will eventually lead to extinction."

Cassandra Profita reports for Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix February 9, 2018.

Source: OPB/EarthFix, 02/13/2018