The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding three public hearings in April to take comments on 37 proposed changes to its endangered, threatened and special concern species listings. The Triangle hearing is April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at WRC headquarters, 1751 Varsity Dr., Centennial Campus, Raleigh. Written comments can be submitted online at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5/15.
The endangered, threatened and special concern species lists, known collectively as the protected animal list or state list, identify native or once-native nongame wild animals that need protection. Biologists use this list to identify and conduct conservation projects to increase species population numbers. An endangered species is defined as one whose continued existence has been determined to be in jeopardy in the state, while a threatened species is one that is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout all, or at least a significant portion, of its range. A species listed as special concern needs monitoring.
The proposal would add eight birds to the Endangered list: Common Tern, Gopher Frog, Henslow’s Sparrow, Longsolid, Ornate Chorus Frog, River Frog, Sharpnose Darter, Wayne’s Black-throated Green Warbler. For complete list (5 pages) of proposed changes, check ncwildlife.org/portals/0/news/documents/state_listing_proposedrules_summary.pdf.