Protecting Fauna and Habitat

Marine Birds/Pacific Flyway/Forage Fish/Hydraulic Code

Goldeneye_Barrow's copyWe support increased study and better management of forage fish to benefit marine birds throughout the Pacific Flyway that stretches from Alaska to Mexico and beyond.  The state is currently updating its Hydraulic Code, which regulates construction and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life. BHAS submitted public comment in 2014 to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (which sets WDFW policy).

Marbled Murrelets: Resources

Periodic Status Review of the Marbled Murrelet in Washington (2016).  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Background on 44% decline of the species in Washington State between 2001-2015.

Recommendations and Supporting Analysis for Conservation Opportunities for the Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy (aka The 2008 Science Team Report published by the DNR).

Marbled Murrelet Survival Project For the most up-to-date information on conservation advocacy during the development of the Long-Term Conservation Strategy

Audubon Washington Offers updates and excellent resources for chapters state-wide under “Chapter Conservation Projects and Programs.”

Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet, Non-fiction book, available in paperback from Mountaineers Books (2013). Part naturalist detective story and part environmental inquiry, by Maria Ruth (BHAS) Member

Habitat associations of marbled murrelets during the nesting season in nearshore waters along the Washington to California coast, Raphael et al., 2015, Journal of Marine Systems