FWS notices post-delisting plan for monitoring of Hawaiian Hawk; reopens comment period on proposed delisting
74 Fed. Reg. 6853 / Vol. 74, No. 27 / Wednesday, February 11, 2009 / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17 / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Hawaiian Hawk From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Proposed rule; notice of availability of draft post-delisting monitoring plan; reopening of public comment period.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the draft post-delisting monitoring plan (draft PDM Plan) for the Hawaiian hawk (Buteo solitarius) and the reopening of the public comment period for the proposed rule to remove (delist) the Hawaiian hawk from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. If the proposed rule to delist the Hawaiian hawk is made final, we intend to monitor the hawk, in cooperation with the State of Hawaii and other conservation partners, through island-wide surveys every 5 years for a period of 20 years, from 2012 to 2032. We are soliciting review and comment on this draft PDM plan from local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public. We are also reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to ensure that the public has full access to the draft PDM Plan while commenting on the proposed rule.
The Hawaiian hawk remains on Audubon's watch list, but according to recent FWS surveys, insufficient information exists to justify the earlier proposed rule to reclassify the Hawaiian hawk as threatened, and due to implementation of recovery actions and other conservation efforts, FWS believes that the Hawaiian hawk is broadly distributed throughout the island of Hawaii. Photo from USFWS/Jack Jeffrey, and more information from ESAblawg