Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Add the marbled murrelet to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s list of endangered species.
The population of the marbled murrelet, a seabird native to Washington state, has dropped by 4.4 percent every year for the past decade. There are only about 7,500 birds left in the state. Although the bird spends time in the sea, it nests in trees on land. It has been struggling to survive since the 1990s, during which time its primary food sources, the herring and candlefish, also declined in numbers. The candlefish is listed on the federal list of endangered species. However, the murrelet is not.
Not only is the food source of the small seabird depleted. The habitat, the woods in which the bird primarily nests, are also vanishing. As trees are cleared and lumber is harvested, there are fewer spots in which the bird can build its nest. This, paired with decreasing food supply, is harming the reproductive ability of the birds. As a result, populations are steadily declining.
If the bird is added to the federal list of endangered species, it will receive stronger protections and more monetary support. Sign the petition to demand that the bird be added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s list of endangered species.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
The murrelet, a sea bird in Washington state, is declining in numbers. Its population has shrunk by 4.4 percent annually. Currently, its population stands at 7,500. However, the herring and candlefish, which make up the bird’s food source, are also shrinking in number. The trees where the bird makes it nest are being cleared by the lumber industry. As a result, the bird is extremely threatened.
If the murrelet would receive a status as a federally endangered animal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more protections and funding would go toward saving the bird. I ask that you and your fellow members of the Fish and Wildlife Service take action to protect the threatened sea bird.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Gus van Vilet