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The Latest: Oregon increases protections for rare seabird

February 10, 2018

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 16, 2010 photo, a "Merlin" sits atop Radar Ridge recording any nearby Marbled Murrelet activity near Naselle, Wash. Environmental officials in Oregon will decide Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, whether to increase protections for a rare kind of seabird that nests far inland in old-growth forests. The Oregon Commission on Fish and Wildlife is expected to vote on whether to change the listing of the marbled murrelet from "threatened" to "endangered" after receiving a petition from a coalition of environmental groups concerned about declining numbers of the small bird. (MacLeod Pappidas/The Daily World via AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the vote to increase protections for the marbled murrelet (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Oregon environmental officials have increased protections for a rare diving seabird that nests far inland in old-growth forests.

The Oregon Commission on Fish and Wildlife voted 4-2 on Friday to change the listing of the marbled murrelet to “endangered” from “threatened” after first being deadlocked on the issue.

The species is listed as threatened under federal law and is endangered in Washington state and California.

A coalition of environmental groups petitioned the commission to increase the bird’s protected status in Oregon because of logging on state and private land that is threatening nesting sites in old-growth forests.

The unusual seabird forages in the ocean but flies up to 55 miles inland to lay a single egg on tiny mossy depressions in trees that are at least 80 years old.

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Environmental officials in Oregon are deciding whether to increase protections for a rare kind of seabird that nests far inland in old-growth forests.

The Oregon Commission on Fish and Wildlife is expected to vote Friday on whether to change the listing of the marbled murrelet to “endangered” from “threatened.”

The species is listed as threatened under federal law and is endangered in Washington state and California.

A coalition of environmental groups petitioned the commission to increase the bird’s protected status in Oregon because of logging on state and private land that is threatening nesting sites in old-growth forests.

The unusual seabird forages in the ocean but flies up to 55 miles inland to lay a single egg in mossy depressions in forests that are more than a century old.

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