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Endangered and Threatened Birds of Maryland

Important Goshawk Conservation Opportunity

Beginning in June 2011, MOS solicited and received donations towards reward money for information leading to the arrest or prosecution of the poacher who shot a female nesting goshawk in Garrett Co. In late 2012, MD Dept of Natural Resources determined that discovery of the poacher was unlikely at that point. When the donors were asked if they wanted the funds back, 99% of them opted to have MOS use the funds for Goshawk conservation.

In early 2013, MOS member Dave Brinker submitted a proposal for digital video monitoring of nesting Northern Goshawks, and he was given the funds to proceed under MD DNR oversight. Dave purchased gear and assembled the remote nest monitoring systems. He reported that because no Northern Goshawk nests were located in Maryland this spring, MD DNR loaned the nest monitoring systems to the Central Appalachian Goshawk Project for use in the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern PA. See the September/October 2013 Yellowthroat for an article about preliminary results of the spring 2013 nest camera operations.

Dave forwards a big THANK YOU to all who made this project possible. He stressed that the MOS goshawk fund was the seed that got this effort up and running and catalyzed cooperation between a diverse set of organizations and individuals involved in the project.

CLICK HERE to learn how you can make a contribution to MOSís Goshawk Project Fund. Thank you.

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(Listings and links below updated by Webmaster June 26, 2011 with information from DNR Website)

The following are the latest species considered endangered or threatened in the State of Maryland. Please note that this is NOT the Federal endangered species list. This list was compiled by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Division. And remember, if you see an endangered or threatened species it is very important that you provide DNR with this information. Use the handy form at the Wildlife and Heritage Service site to make your report.

Endangered Species

Green DashWilson's Plover
Green DashPiping Plover
Green DashUpland Sandpiper
Green DashGull-billed Tern
Green DashRoyal tern
Green DashBlack Skimmer
Green DashShort-eared Owl
Green DashOlive-sided Flycatcher
Green DashBewick's Wren
Green DashSedge Wren
Green DashLoggerhead Shrike
Green DashSwainson's Warbler
Green DashMourning Warbler
Green DashBlack Rail

Endangered Species -- Found in Western Maryland Only

Green DashNorthern Goshawk

Threatened Species

Green DashLeast Tern
Green DashBlackburnian Warbler
Green DashHenslow's Sparrow

Species in Need of Conservation

Green DashAmerican Bittern
Green DashLeast Bittern
Green DashAmerican Peregrine Falcon
Green DashCommon Moorhen
Green DashAlder Flycatcher
Green DashNashville Warbler
Green DashCoastal Plain Swamp Sparrow