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December, 2007



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Dozens of Bay Area Bird on Latest Audubon WatchList

Emeryville, CA - Dozens of Bay Area birds appear on the latest Audubon WatchList of 217 imperiled birds in the continental United States and Hawaii. More than 70 are native to California.
The WatchList is a joint effort of Audubon and American Bird Conservancy, and reflects a comprehensive analysis of population trends, distribution and threats for 700 bird species in the continental U.S. It is intended to show those bird species that are in the greatest need of immediate conservation help to simply survive amid a number of environmental challenges, including habitat loss, invasive species and global warming.

"The large number of California birds on the WatchList is both an indication of the immense size and diversity of the state's natural environment and the significant challenges facing wildlife here," said Glenn Olson, executive director of Audubon California. "This list shows that we have a lot worth protecting in California."

To see a complete list of the California WatchList birds, please visit www.ca.audubon.org. To view the entire Audubon list, visit www.audubon.org or www.abcbirds.org.

"Audubon California either has a program in place - or is about to implement one - to protect each of these five birds, as well as several others on the WatchList," said Olson. "Moreover, as you go up and down the state, you will see our local chapters pursuing a number of programs to conserve these imperiled birds and advocate on their behalf."

Unlike those on Audubon's recent survey of Common Birds in Decline, the species on WatchList are often rare and limited in range. In combination with population declines and new threats, these factors make many of them acutely vulnerable to extinction.

All of the birds on the list are considered important conservation priorities. The list is based on the lateshht available research and assessment from the bird conservation community along with data from the Christmas Bird Count and the annual Breeding Bird Survey. The data were analyzed and weighted according to methods developed through extensive peer review and revision, yielding an improved assessment of actual peril that can be used to determine bird conservation priorities and funding.


More information is available at www.ca.audubon.org.


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