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VI MEETING, OTTAWA, CANADA, APRIL 26, 2001
SHARED SPECIES WORKING TABLE

Attendees:

Biol. Mauro Ivan Reyna – Mexican chair
Subdirector de promoción y Operaciones
Av. Revolución 1425 Nivel 20
Colonia Tlacopac
Delegación Alvaro Obregón
C. P. 01040 México D. F.
Tel. 56 24 33 13
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Fernando González
Director De Manejo, Monitoreo Y  Proyectos
Av. Revolución 1425 Nivel 19
Colonia Tlacopac
Delegación Alvaro Obregón
C. P. 01040 México D. F.
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Sandra Cruz Mondragon
Jefe del Depto. de Acuerdos y Convenios Internacionales Regionales
Av. Revolución 1425 Nivel 20
Colonia Tlacopac
Delegación Alvaro Obregón
C. P. 01040 México D. F.
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Roberto Solis Calderón
Director de la Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca
Av. Revolución # 1425 nivel 25
Col. Tlacopac C.P. 01040
Tel. 56 24 33 44

Lynda Maltby, Canadian Chair
Director of Species at Risk
Canadian Wildlife Service
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0H3
819-997-2957
fax 819-953-6283
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Eleanor Zurbrigg
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H3
819-953-4389
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Theresa Fowler
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H3
819-953-6402
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Susan Jewell, U.S. Chair
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420
Arlington, VA 22203
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703-358-2390
fax 703-358-2324

Nancy Gloman
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420
Arlington, VA 22203
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703-358-2390
fax 703-358-2324

Bryan Arroyo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103
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505-248-6454
fax 505-248-6922

Charlie Sanchez
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103
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505-248-

John R. Morgart
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
1611 N. Second Ave.
Ajo, AZ 85321
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520-387-4989
fax 520-387-5359

Robert Mesta
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sonoran Joint Program
12661 Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85748
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520-722-4289
520-751-0948

Angelica Narvaez, Est Office
U.S. Embassy Mexico
Reforma #305, Col. Cuahuatemoc
Mexico, D.F. 06500 Mexico
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5-25-209-9100 x3791
fax 52-5-525-2211

Pete Gober
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
420 South Garfield #400
Pierre, SD 57501
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605-224-8693
fax 605-224-9974

Dario Bard
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW, Suite 3359
Washington, DC 20240
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202-219-7499
fax 202-208-5850

Jim DeVos
Arizona Game and Fish Department
2221 W. Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023
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602-789-3247
fax 602-789-3918

Earl Possardt
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118
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Fax 770-836-6633

Issue:  Hawksbill sea turtle dialogue

SEMARNAT provided update on the logistics of the upcoming CITES meeting on Hawksbills, to be held on May 15-17, 2001 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Action: No action required.

Issue:  PREP Marine Turtles

INE presented its National Program for Protection, Conservation, Research and Management of sea turtles in Mexico, presented publicly in May 2000.  This program intends to coordinate all efforts and initiatives from various agencies involved in sea turtle activities in Mexico.

Action: No action required.

Issue:  Other sea turtles

The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles enters into force in May 2001.  Twelve nations are signatories, of which nine have ratified the Convention.

Recommendation: Upon entering into force, the Convention should be open for accession by states in the Americas.  The Convention provides an excellent venue to discuss complex regional sea turtle issues and problems and opportunities to collaborate on solutions.  Mexico and the US have ratified the Convention, and Canada is urged to consider acceding to the Convention

Issue:  Black Sea Turtles

FWS provided a report on the decline of the Black Sea Turtle population, apparently partly caused by overfishing of more than 8,000 sea turtles in Baja California, Mexico.

Action: Mexico, through the University of Baja California South, will evaluate the status and impact of overfishing of sea turtles.

Issue: Leatherback/ Loggerhead in the North Atlantic

FWS provided a report on long-line fisheries in the North Atlantic that have negative impact on these turtle populations. At least 23 nations, including the U.S. and Canada, operate longline fisheries for tuna and billfish throughout the western North Atlantic.  These fisheries also accidentally catch significant numbers of loggerhead and leatherback turtles and are undermining recovery efforts for these species.

Recommendation: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Marine Fisheries Service, Environment Canada, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada should cooperate to implement the necessary measures to identify the full magnitude of this incidental take and mortality and to develop measures to reduce or eliminate incidental take within these fisheries.

Issue: Black-footed Ferrets

FWS gave an update on the joint reintroduction program of the ferret into the Janos area of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Recommendation: The Shared Species table requests that the Executive Committee continue its support of the UNAM proposal to reintroduce ferrets into the Janos area of northern Chihuahua.

Action: Mexico will provide information to the FWS on their plans regarding publicity surrounding the release of the ferret into the Janos area.

Issue:   Black-tailed prairie dogs

FWS gave an update on the status of prairie dog populations and Federal listing.  INE reported on the creation of Mexico’s recovery group for the prairie dog.

Recommendation: Shared Species working table requests that the Executive Committee reiterate its recognition of the biological significance of the largest remaining prairie dog complex in the world, which is located in the Janos area of northern Chihuahua.

Issue: Ocelots

FWS reported on their bi-national ecosystem approach and the possibility of reintroducing two Mexican ocelots in the Rio Grande area.

Action:  Mexico will provide existing information on ocelot populations in the Tamaulipas area.

Recommendation: Request from the Executive Table for endorsement of the reintroduction of two ocelots from Mexico into the Laguna Atascosa area.

Issue: Mexican wolves

FWS gave update on the status of their Mexican wolf reintroduction program and the plans to revise the composition of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team to become bi-national.  Mexico provided an update on a wolf caught in Zacatecas two or three years ago, whose blood is being analyzed by the FWS to determine its genetic purity as a Mexican wolf.

Action: FWS will obtain the report on the blood analysis and provide to Mexico as soon as possible.

Issue: Pronghorn antelope

FWS presented an update on the status on the Sonoran pronghorn populations in the US and Mexico and the results of the first joint aerial survey.  FWS also provided information on the amendments to the Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Plan and future revisions to the plan to officially include Mexico.  Shared Species table participants support a more active recovery approach.

Action: The Recovery Team will conduct an evaluation of the applicability of a captive breeding program and provide more specific plans to the Shared Species table.

Action: The Recovery Team will reestablish biological studies, including radio telemetry, in Mexico.

Action: The Recovery Team will evaluate the possibility of translocating individuals between populations to strengthen genetic lines.

Recommendation: The Shared Species table recommends that the Executive Table support an increase in frequency of joint aerial surveys.

Issue: Report on NACEC funding requests nominated by the Shared Species Table

NACEC provided background information on their funding priorities this fiscal year and NACEC’s strategy for promoting tri-national collaboration and community involvement.

Action: Each country will request, through their NACEC liaison, that NAFEC focus next year’s funding on Species of Common Conservation Concern.

Issue:  California Red-legged Frog

FWS provided an update on captive rearing efforts.  FWS requested from Mexico their approval to obtain genetic material from wild red-legged frogs in northern Baja California.

Action: FWS will provide to Mexico the name of the researcher who will collect samples, and any other necessary information, and Mexico will assist in obtaining the necessary permits.

Issue: Swift Fox

FWS gave an update on swift foxes and the recent population assessment that determined there were more than previously known. This allowed FWS to remove swift foxes from the candidate species list. Canada lists it as endangered.

Action: No action required.

Issue: Sonoran Joint Venture

FWS gave an update on the history and status of the SJV. This is a bi-national bird conservation program between Mexico and the U.S. that is proving highly successful.

Recommendation: Shared Species Table recommends Trilateral endorsement for the bi-national work, including the goals and objectives being accomplished by the SJV.

Issue: California Condor

FWS discussed the history of the condor reintroduction program and explained the plans and needs for a proposed reintroduction of condors into northern Baja California.

Recommendation: The Shared Species Table recommends continued Trilateral endorsement for the FWS-assisted bi-national condor recovery plan in Baja California.

Issue: Yuma Clapper Rail

FWS provided a status update and recent survey of Yuma Clapper Rails for the Lower Colorado River and Delta and the biology of the species.

Recommendation: The Shared Species recommends continued Trilateral endorsement for the ongoing survey work and expansion of the work to include to include additional coastal wetlands of Sonora.

Issue: Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

FWS presented a history of the listing of the species in the U.S. and the current status in the U.S. and northern Sonora.  Currently there are fewer than 20 individuals in the U.S. and more than 300 in Sonora. As part of their research, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is radio-marking the owls in the Arizona borderland. Occasionally these birds enter Mexico and AGF needs to monitor these birds to determine habitat use and reproductive status.

Recommendation:  The Shared Species Table recommends the Trilateral support for the continuation of FWS’s survey work in the eventual recovery of the species.

Recommendation: The Shared Species Table recommends approval for AGF to obtain appropriate permits from Mexico for aerial and ground surveys for marked birds.

Issue: Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

FWS presented the status and history of the SWF, the loss of habitat to agriculture along the Lower Colorado River and Delta, the importance of wetlands along the coast of Sonora as migratory stopovers, and the work currently being accomplished.

Recommendation: The Shared Species Table recommends the Trilateral support for the continuation of this work and expansion to the coast and northern Sonora.

Issue: Bald Eagle

FWS described the cooperative efforts with Mexico for monitoring the small population of Bald Eagles in Sonora, which is the only population in Mexico other than the Baja California population.

Action: The Shared Species Table recommends the Trilateral support for the continuation of this important monitoring work in the eventual recovery of the species.

Issue: Grasslands Workshop and Initiative

CEC presented the results of the SCCC workshop on grasslands held in Nuevo Casa Grandes, Chihuahua in March 2001.

Recommendation: The table recommends that the CEC working group devise a strategy for achieving the vision established by the Chihuahua grasslands workshop.

Issue: Monarch Butterflies

FWS reported that the monarch group studied the list that came from the meeting in Morelia and determined that many issues remained to be addressed. Therefore, a meeting in May has been planned in Kansas. The Shared table recognizes the excellent work on the part of Mexico in establishing the Biosphere Reserve.

Recommendation: The Shared Species Table recommends continued support of the monarch reserve in Mexico.

Recommendation: The three countries should participate in the monarch meeting in May in Kansas.

Issue: Quino Checkerspot Butterfly

FWS would like to work along the California-Mexico border to map butterfly colonies, distribution of habitat patches and host plants; assess threats; and establish a working relationship with Mexican government and non-governmental agencies.

Action: INE will review the FWS’s proposal and provide a reply within 30 days on their support of the project and a list of expert contacts (governmental and non-governmental) in Mexico.

Issue: Marine Mammals

Mexico proposed to broaden the agenda of the Shared Species Table to include marine mammals.

Recommendation: The Shared Table recommends that marine mammals be included for discussion at this table.

Recommendation: Mexico would like information from the other countries to help them develop a project to determine what is causing the whales (particularly gray and humpback whales) to die when they arrive in Mexico.

Action Item: Each agency will identify a contact with their sister agency to provide the above information.

Issue: Continued support of species work in Mexico

A list was presented by FWS of species that are ongoing, temporarily halted, or new projects in Mexico for endorsement by Mexico.

Recommendation: The table reviewed the list approved advancing the list for endorsement with the caveat that fieldwork would require approval of a proposal by the appropriate Mexican authority: Tarahumara frog, masked bobwhite, Yuma clapper rail, Yaqui fish (catfish, chub, and trout), Sonoran pronghorn, desert pupfish, black-tailed prairie dog, black-footed ferret, southwestern willow flycatcher, California condor, yellow-billed cuckoo, ocelot, jaguarundi, ferruginous pygmy owl, jaguar, Mexican wolf, piping plover, burrowing owl, aplomado falcon, California rail, Sonoran neotropical migrants, monarch butterfly.

Issue: Next mid-year table meeting

Recommendation: The table agreed to have a meeting in Vancouver in the third week of September.

JOINT SESSION WITH SHARED SPECIES TABLE
MIGRATORY BIRDS AT RISK

Update of Bald Eagle Sonoran Project by Robert Metsa (FWS/SJV)

  • Bald Eagle Sonoran Project

    1.     Issue—Population surveys and ecological studies of a small bald eagle population

    2.     Action—Co-chairs endorsed continuation of the project

Information about status and for burrowing owl populations given by Geoff Holroyd (CWS/CBORT)

  • Burrowing owl conservation

    1.     Issue—Determine continental status of this declining and potentially endangered species and conservation actions need to reverse the decline

    2.     Action—Within 30 days, the 3 wildlife agencies will identify contacts of people working with burrowing owls and start working on determining the continental status of the species.  Several contacts in Mexico were suggested

Information about status and concerns for piping plover populations given by Geoff Holroyd on behalf of J. Paul Goossen (CWS/PPPRT)

  • Piping plover conservation

    1.     Issue—Determine threats to piping plovers in their wintering grounds in Mexico

    2.     Action—Within 60 days, the 3 countries will identify contacts to work with piping plovers in their wintering grounds

Information about peregrine falcon management given by Steve Wendt (CWS)

  • Peregrine falcon management

    1.     Issue—Peregrine falcon permits for falconry in Mexico

    2.     Action—Within 60 days, Mexico will provide information to US and Canada about the number of permits available for falconry in the country

Information about recovery program for golden eagles in Mexico given by Mauro Reyna (INE)

Update of meeting about eagle feathers use by indigenous people and transport across US, Canada, and Mexico borders given by Patricia Dwyer (CWS/AATW)

  • Eagle feathers transport

    1.     Issue—Eagle feathers transport between US, Canada, and Mexico, and culturally sensitive issues

    2.     Action—The migratory bird table recommends that, as quickly as possible, a subcommittee be established to explore issues and options related to transport of eagle feathers across US, Canada, and Mexico borders.  Mauro Reyna was designated as the contact person for Mexico

Presentation about CEC and its activities given by Jurgen Hoth (CEC)

  • CEC activities providing a forum for tri-national collaboration for shared species and their habitats, particularly grasslands

    1.     Issue—Need for tri-national collaboration to conserve shared species of concern and their habitats

    2.     Action—Shared Species Table supports activities conducted by CEC such as meetings and other activities facilitating tri-national collaboration towards the conservation of shared species, particularly those listed as common concern and their grassland habitats.  Also, supports recommendations made by the Workshop on Grassland Species of Common Concern conducted in Chihuahua, Mexico, in March 2001

 

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