Date: 9/22/21 1:44 pm
From: Gerry McChesney <gerry.mcchesney...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Update on the short-tailed albatross off the central California coast, with guidelines for low impact viewing
USFWS created a blog about the Short-tailed Albatross which includes a few
photos of our recent CA bird, the viewing guidelines and a bit of info on
the species.
Feel free to share widely. Thank you!

Gerry McChesney

On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 1:17 PM Gerry McChesney <gerry.mcchesney...>

> Please see below and forward to anyone who might come into contact with
> the Short-tailed Albatross that has been lingering just off the California
> coast since at least June. Thank you.
> Gerry McChesney
> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
> *From:* Boldenow, Megan L <megan_boldenow...>
> *Sent:* Friday, September 17, 2021 12:26 PM
> *Subject:* Update on the short-tailed albatross off the central
> California coast, with guidelines for low impact viewing
> Dear All:
> As you are likely aware, a juvenile short-tailed albatross has been
> sighted off the coast of California this summer, most recently in Central
> California. This bird is exciting news for the region, as short-tailed
> albatross breed in Japan and are not regular visitors to California waters. The
> bird does have a metal ring on its leg; this is a band with a unique
> identifying number that will tell us more about the bird. We believe it
> likely fledged from a colony on Torishima Island, in Japan.
> This bird is also a federally listed endangered species, protected under
> federal law and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The U.S.
> Fish and Wildlife Service is monitoring the bird's status, with the help of
> local biologists, wildlife managers, and law enforcement personnel in state
> and federal agencies. Observers have noted this bird has apparent damage
> to its flight feathers, suggesting it may have experienced some sort of
> line entanglement in its recent past. The bird is also undergoing natural
> wing molt at this time, which makes its feathers look a bit rough. At
> this time, the bird exhibits what appears to be normal behavior for a young
> albatross; it is able to conduct a straight and balanced flight, is
> exhibiting normal preening behavior, and can find the typical food items it
> needs to stay healthy.
> *Species experts and managers agree that the best thing for this bird is
> to give it plenty of space to be a wild, young albatross.*
> Short-tailed albatross are high strung, sensitive birds that are not well
> acclimated to humans. These are heavy-bodied seabirds, and it is
> energetically taxing for them to run along the water to move away, or to
> lift off the water into flight. Giving the bird plenty of space by
> maintaining the required distance will ensure we do not add to stress the
> bird may already be experiencing during a sensitive time (molting of
> feathers).
> *We are requesting the following help from the local community:*
> - Should you observe the bird, please maintain a distance of 100
> meters (330 feet) from the bird. This is an area roughly the length of a
> football field.
> - Do not approach the bird head on with your vessel.
> - Do not flush the bird for any reason.
> - Do not chum or bait the bird to attract it, or otherwise feed the
> bird. Improper diet can negatively affect the bird's health.
> - Ensure your fishing gear remains 100 meters (330 feet, or roughly a
> football field in length) from the bird.
> This bird is a federally listed endangered species, and every bird
> matters. The Service is counting on the birding, fishing, maritime, and
> other communities to exercise good judgment and ensure your actions do not
> affect the bird's behavior.
> *In addition to protecting the bird, these recommendations also protect
> you from violating federal law.*
> Short-tailed albatross are protected under the Endangered Species Act,
> which means it is illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound,
> kill, trap, capture, or collect this bird, or to attempt to engage in any
> such conduct. Under the Act, *harassment means *an intentional or
> negligent act or omission which creates the likelihood of injury to
> wildlife by *annoying it to such an extent as to significantly disrupt
> normal behavioral patterns* which include, but are not limited to,
> breeding, feeding, or sheltering.
> The Service thanks you in advance for your help keeping this truly special
> endangered seabird safe in the wild. Please share this email widely.
> Megan Boldenow
> Fish and Wildlife Biologist
> (she/her)
> Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
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> *I acknowledge that I live on the traditional lands of the Dena’ina
> Athabascans, and I work throughout the ancestral territory of the
> Indigenous Peoples of Alaska. I am grateful for their continued care and
> stewardship of this land.*

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