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Conservation Assessment for Harlequin Duck

The goal of the Conservation Assessment is to summarize existing information regarding the biology and ecology of the Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), threats to the species, and management considerations, and to provide information to land managers to assist in the formulation of options for management activities. This species is of concern in Oregon and Washington due to potentially declining populations in western North America, narrow breeding habitat requirements, increasing human disturbance at breeding and wintering sites, and a lack of information regarding threats, causes of declines, factors limiting population size, and basic demographic information in the Oregon and Washington portion of its range. There is regional concern that western Harlequin Ducks may be in jeopardy, but there are insufficient data to support federal listing at this time. Federal management for this species follows Forest Service (FS) Region 6 Sensitive Species (SS) and/or Oregon/Washington (OR/WA) BLM Special Status Species (SSS) policies.

The Conservation Assessment document can be searched for and found on the Interagency Species Status/Sensitive Species Program.

Interagency Special Status Sensitive Species Program

The Interagency Special Status / Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP) is an interagency program between the Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon/Washington State Office of the Bureau of Land Management for the conservation and management of rare species (those that meet agency criteria for inclusion on sensitive and special status lists, whether or not they are federally listed as Threatened or Endangered). Conservation Assessments for ISSSSP species have been created through collaborations of many partners, including Klamath Bird Observatory. KBO has taken the lead in writing Conservation Assessments for the Great Gray Owl, Harlequin Duck, and Purple Martin (western subspecies).

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