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New Videos of Threatened Bird

The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently released two videos about the Marbled Murrelet, a species of northern Pacific seabird listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species has experienced a decline since being listed under the ESA in 1992. Logging and road construction in their forest habitats, oil spills, marine pollution, and gill netting are just some of the threats facing them. Gill netting may not seem like an obvious problem, but they are seabirds who hunt for food underwater, and sometimes they are caught in fishing nets. Six hundred to eight hundred might be killed each year by gill nets in just one Alaska location.

They spend most of their day in the ocean, and return to forest nests to sleep, and for mating. So they are at risk due to human activities in the forests, and the ocean. For example, the Valdez oil disaster in 1989 killed thousands of murrelets. Their range is California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. Each video provides details about the birds, such as their range, threats to them, and their behavior.

Mysterious Marbled Murrelet

Marbled Murrelet: Status and Threats

Image Credit: Public Domain

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1:46PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

they need to be protected

5:11PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Beautiful.

7:00AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

It seems man won't be happy until he's wiped out as many species as possible... So discouraging.. : (

5:26PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

We need to redefine our way of life and END the ECOCIDE NOW!!!

8:36PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

so damm sad....

9:49AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

thanks for the video

6:36PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

sad

11:27AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

I have faith that we can save them. These videos are amazing btw

2:30PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

The Marbled Murrelettes are such beautiful birds that should be saved from extinction. I remember the Valdez spill where it seemed like many hundreds of these birds did not survive along the British Columbia coast. It was devasting.
Thanks for the post and Videos Jake.

9:44AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

I hadn't heard about these birds before, but I really hope that they can be saved.

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