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South Padre Island, Texas
February 14-17, 2000


Francisco Abarca, ADGF, Phoenix, AZ
Frank Baucom USFWS, Phoenix, AZ
Patrick Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX
Christopher Brand, USGS, Madison, WI
Tim Cooper, USFWS, Rio Hondo, TX
Carol Evans, USFWS, Alamo, TX
Cristina Garcia Angel, INE/SEMARNAP, Mexico D.F., MX (co-chair)
Peter Gober, USFWS, Pierre, SD
Hans Herrman, CEC, Montreal, PQ, CAN
Megan Hill, NFWF, Miami, FL
Geoff Holroyd, CWS, Edmonton, AL, CAN
Jurgen Hoth, Mexican Embassy, Ottawa, ON, CAN
Susan Jewell, USFWS, Arlington, VA
Sergio Jimenez L., OVIS, Nuevo Leon, MX
Steve Labuda, USFWS, Rio Honda, TX
Robert Mesta, USFWS, Tucson, AZ
Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Angelica Narvaez, US Embassy, Mexico D.F.,MX
Ellen Murphy, USFWS, Arlington, VA
Herbert Raffaele, USFWS, Arlington, VA
Ernesto Reyes, USFWS, Alamo, TX
Ana Romo Ortega, INE/SEMARNAP, Mexico D.F., MX
Charlie Sanchez, USFWS, Albuquerque, NM (co-chair)
Tom Serota, USFWS, Corpus Christi, TX
Lynn Starnes, USFWS, Albuquerque, NM
Gary Stolz, USFWS, Alamo, TX
Perry Trial, TPWD, Brownsville, TX
Jim deVos, ADGF, Phoenix, AZ
Marc Weitzel, USFWS, Ventura, CA

Issue: Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle--State, Federal, and private sectors in US and Mexico working in partnership for the survival of the most endangered of all sea turtles.

Action: Encourage US and Mexican governments to continue support long-range management of the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle program as a model for sea turtle recovery.

Assigned to: SEMARNAP, FWS, NMFS, State of Tamalipaus, NPS, USGS-BRD

Proposed completion date: Long-term (20 years)

Issue: Leatherback Sea Turtle--Continued steady decline of this species in the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Action: Program to establish a sustainable economies for local communities surrounding the three important Mexican beaches to prevent illegal harvest of this species.

Assigned to: SEMARNAP and FWS

Proposed completion date: 2001

Issue: Black Sea Turtle--This species was the number two concern of FWS. Further actions for this species will be incorporated into the Regional Committees that Mexico is creating to work on all sea turtle species in an area.

Action: Once Regional Committees are established, there will be specific recommendations. Federal agencies are encouraged to assist in the selection of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation international sea turtle conservation fund projects.

Assigned to: SEMARNAP, FWS, NMFS, and University of Michoacan

Proposed completion date: On-going

Issue: Ocelot--With only 5 % of historic habitat remaining, the species is occupying all of the available habitat in South Texas and is becoming genetically isolated and prone to road kills.

Action: Encourage the Directors of FWS and SEMARNAP to collaborate in protecting habitats for the ocelot and other endangered cats across the international border of Mexico and US.

Action: Encourage the Directors to support training of additional graduate students to research various aspects of wild feline management.

Action: Develop permits to bring ocelots from Mexico to Texas (gene pool)

Assigned to: FWS and SEMARNAP

Proposed completion date: 2001

Issue: California Condor--Mexico is considering the potential reintroduction of this species into the San Pedro Marti Reserve, Baja California.

Action: Hopper Mountain NWR Complex will provide technical assistance, such as an exchange in personnel and training, to Mexican counterparts involved in the proposed reintroduction effort

Action: Sonoran Desert Joint Venture Coordinator will be discussing potential reintroduction efforts of this species with various Mexican participants in Ensenada in February 2000.

Assigned to: SEMARNAP and FWS

Proposed completion date: 2000 and beyond

Issue: Mexican Wolf Update–The Mexican government is evaluating certain mountain ranges for potential reintroduction of this species.

Action: Evaluation and establishment of a captive breeding program is being considered by Mexico with the potential to include new genetic stock from US .

Assigned to: SEMARNAP and OVIS

Proposed completion date: Captive breeding enclosures in 2000; reintroduction to be evaluated for potential release sites in future.

Issue: Burrowing Owl

Working group for this species held a symposium in 1998 that reported the species declining over most of its range in western North America.

Action: Survey protocols for nesting burrowing owls should be tested in 2000.

Action: Prairie dogs and ground squirrels should be conserved to provide nesting burrows and habitat for owls.

Action: A major project is urgently needed to determine the fidelity of adult and young owls in the Great Plains (US) and Janos, Chihuahua (Mexico).

Action: Studies of owls are needed in winter to determine survival, habitat needs, and conflicts with current land use.

Assigned to: CWS, USFWS, and SEMARNAP

Proposed completion date: 2000/2001

Issue: Sonoran Pronghorn

Species of high importance to all wildlife agencies, but surveys have not been conducted in recent years and new activities pose increased threats to the species’ survival.

Action: A range-wide aerial survey for the species should be conducted in US and Mexico in December, continuing the cooperative partnership with Mexico, FWS, and AGFD.

Action: Pursue opportunities for a telemetry study, and if favorable, request assistance in using aircraft in monitoring-tracking the radio collared individuals as a routine activity.

Assigned to: FWS, AGFD, SEMARNAP

Proposed completion date: 2001

Issue: Red-legged Frog

Species has been extirpated from much of its former range in southern California, and populations in Baja California may provide a source for reintroduction through a captive breeding program.

Action: Table has agreed to support efforts to obtain necessary permits for genetic samples to compare with US populations.

Assigned to: University of California - Davis, SEMARNAP, and FWS

Proposed completion date: 2000

Issue: Black-tailed Prairie Dog and Black-footed Ferret

The black-tailed prairie dog population has been reduced to 1 % of historic numbers. Plague is now the greatest threat to the species recovery, and all areas that have potential for recovery will be needed.

Action: Invite Canada and Mexico to join with the US in the recovery of the black-tailed prairie dog via the black-footed ferret Recovery Implementation Team Executive Committee working group and attend the two meetings held each year.

Action: Initiate local outreach actions in Mexico to work on the problems with plague and community awareness.

Assigned to: FWS, SEMARNAP, CWS

Proposed completion date: 2000

Issue: CEC Project Conservation of Biodiversity--The Shared Species Table met jointly with the Migratory Birds and Wetland Working Table for presentation of this report.


(1) Strategy should be set to work in one year.

(2) Tables work together to work on grassland wildlife.

(3) Whatever is done, work with appropriate NABCI classifications.

(4) Where possible, work on these species.

Action: The Table believes that the monarch butterfly should receive increased recognition either through the trans-border species initiative or as a special initiative.

Assigned to: All

Proposed completion date: 2000

Issue: Monarch Butterfly

Action: Each agency will evaluate the action items that have been identified needing additional attention and take whatever actions are practical with available resources.

Assigned to: FWS, SEMARNAP, CWS

Proposed completion date: 2000

Issue: Shared Species Web Page--Sharing information is critical to working in effective partnerships, particularly when the issues or workers span a continent.

Action: A web page will be established on the FWS’s web site to include dates of meetings and reports.

Assigned to: FWS

Proposed completion date: 2000

Issue: Review and progress on the Table’s action items

Action: The Table will hold a session about 4-5 months from now to determine progress on our action items. The meeting should coincide with another meeting of interest to Table members; the back-footed ferret recovery meeting in Denver in August was recommended.

Assigned to: All Participants of the Table

Proposed completion date: 2000


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