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Ashy storm petrel listing under further review

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73 Federal Register 28080 (Thursday, May 15, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) as Threatened or Endangered; Notice of 90-day petition
finding and initiation of status review.)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the ashy storm-petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the ashy storm-petrel may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the species to determine if listing the species is warranted. To ensure that the review is comprehensive, we are soliciting information and data regarding this species. We will make a determination on critical habitat for this species, which was also requested in the petition, if, and when, we initiate a listing action. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that information be submitted on or before July 14, 2008.

Ashy storm petrel chick photo by FWS; for additional photos of this hard to find seabird, visit NPS

FOR MORE INFORMATION about this nocturnal, gray colored pacific seabird that nests in rock crevices, consult the petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, or visit the Audubon web info page.