List the Mountain Plover Under the Endangered Species Act

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Originally Posted: 14 Aug 2010

List the Mountain Plover Under the Endangered Species Act

FROM Wild Earth Guardians

Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you want the mountain plover protected under the Endangered Species Act. Wild Earth Guardians will make sure they receive your comments before the deadline on August 30th.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered Species Program
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420
Arlington, VA 22203
Regional offices - contact information

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

With the rapid decline of prairie dog habitat and other perils, so goes the mountain plover.
The mountain plover’s population has tumbled a staggering 95% in just three decades. These unique birds need your voice to stop the freefall.

Human destruction is the number one threat to the plover. Whether in their breeding habitat in the Great Plains or their wintering habitat in California, expanding habitat destruction is shrinking plover populations and unless this is reined in the mountain plover may be gone forever.

In response to efforts of Guardians and our allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments to help decide whether or not to grant this rare bird much-needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Join us in urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant mountain plovers the protection they deserve under the Endangered Species Act.

Once shot for sport, mountain plovers now struggle to overcome the loss of the vast majority of their natural habitats.

During the summer, mountain plovers prefer nesting on prairie dog colonies because prairie dogs create large open areas, maintain short vegetation, and attract an abundance of the birds’ favorite food: grasshoppers.

Due to relentless persecution, very few prairie dog colonies are left to support breeding mountain plovers and their chicks. Plovers are increasingly forced to nest on crop fields where chick survival is marginal.

Up to 90% of mountain plover migrate to California for the winter. Historically, wintering plovers gravitated to fields with kangaroo rats that created habitat similar to prairie dogs but humans have destroyed nearly all natural mountain plover habitat in California. Most wintering mountain plovers are now relegated to marginal habitat on croplands where their future looks dismal.

Help brighten the outlook for mountain plovers. Take action and tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that mountain plovers deserve federal protection.


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