The California Clapper Rail and multispecies recovery planning

Endangered Species Bulletin
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The California clapper rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) lives in remnant tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay, where less than 20 percent of the historic tidal wetlands remain. Listed as an endangered species in 1970 by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), this enigmatic bird faces a myriad of threats, including habitat loss due to urban encroachment, sea-level rise caused by climate change, alteration of native habitats by invasive plants, non-native predators, and exposure to mercury and other pollutants. The FWS is in the process of revising the existing recovery plan for California clapper rails and is including the rail in a multispecies recovery plan directed towards imperiled salt-marsh ecosystems. Sound scientific information is critical to the success of any recovery plan, but even more so when dealing with complex multiple-species interactions within an ecosystem. 

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The California Clapper Rail and multispecies recovery planning
Series title Endangered Species Bulletin
Volume 33
Issue 3
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 23
Last page 25