Christina Donehower, the state's official who worked on the murrelet report, told commissioners she included that fact about a stable population to "provide a holistic look" at the bird's status. The birds are occasionally described as "The Enigma of the Pacific," and can travel as much as 50 miles inland to nest in coastal forests. Murrelets are diving seabirds that nest in older-growth forest along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and parts of northern and central California. Fish and wildlife staff said the board needed to either approve or vote down the uplisting proposal because they faced a June deadline to respond to the environmental groups. The 2017 Chetco Bar fire in Southwest Oregon caused the loss of roughly 20,000 acres of crucial murrelet habitat, according to state officials. Evaluation report for the marbled murrelet 5-year status review, Regional Population Monitoring of the Marbled Murrelet: Field and Analytical Methods, 10-year report for the Northwest Forest Plan: Marbled Murrelet, 2003 Methods for Surveying Marbled Murrelets, California Marbled Murrelet Forest Survey Form, Estimating the Effects of Auditory and Visual Disturbance of NSO and MM in Northwestern California. Seabirds are also creatures of habit; they return to the same tree and branch each year to lay a single egg. The chick is fed up to eight times daily, and is usually fed only one fish at a time. font-size: x-small; Birds winter throughout the breeding range and also occur in small numbers off southern California. Despite federal public land protections, in Washington state murrelets’ old forest habitat has declined by more than 10 percent, notably on state and private lands. There are roughly 11,000 birds counted in Oregon as of the most recent estimate. The birds face a number of obstacles, primarily habitat loss from timber activity in coastal forests. The biggest threat to the marbled murrelet was long considered to be loss of nesting habitat (old-growth and mature forests) to logging. font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif; -->. } Fish and Wildlife Service listed marbled murreletas a threatened species in Washington, Oregon, and California in response to steep declines in the abundance and distribution of their old-growth habitat. color: #666666; Commissioner also heard extensive testimony Friday about an innovative and expansive decade-long study launched last year from Oregon State researchers, backed with state financial support. The marbled murrelet is listed as a threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and endangered under the Washington and California state ESAs. .style38 { The final review was released last month. A final recovery plan is in effect. In general, stabilizing and increasing habitat quality and quantit… “There can be no question the marbled murrelet is endangered in Oregon,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. They generally nest in old-growth forests, characterized by large trees, multiple canopy layers, and moderate to high canopy closure. increase the amount and quality of suitable nesting habitat; decrease fragmentation of nesting habitat by increasing the size of suitable stands; protect “recruitment” nesting habitat to buffer and enlarge existing stands, reduce fragmentation, and provide replacement habitat for current suitable nesting habitat lost to disturbance events; speed up development of new habitat; and, improve the distribution of nesting habitat across the landscape. the marbled murrelet is Federally listed under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species in Washington, Oregon and California, and State-listed as endangered in California and as threatened in Oregon and Washington. All population modeling efforts to date that predict murrelet population trends in to the future have concluded that the listed population exhibits a long-term downward trend. minimize nest disturbances to increase reproductive success.