NRDC Petitions Federal Government to List Tufted Puffin Under Endangered Species Act
February 18, 2014
Petition Seeks “Endangered” Protections for the Seabird’s Ailing U.S. Pacific Coast Population
NEW YORK (February 12, 2013) – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) seeking Endangered Species Act listing for the California, Oregon, and Washington population of the tufted puffin, a small penguin-like seabird well-known for its distinctive facial coloring and plumage during the breeding season.
“If you can’t find food to eat, your days are numbered, and that is where the tufted puffin in these states finds itself,” said Brad Sewell, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Climate change is doing a number on the iconic seabird’s populations by making fish scarce. This is on top of other harms from humans, like fishing and habitat destruction. We need to protect them before it’s too late.”