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Tag Archives: Island Scrub-jay
The species’s population was estimated to number c.9,000 mature individuals (Rich et al. 2004), although the analysis of survey results from 2008 and 2009 suggests there may actually be fewer than 3,000 individuals, and perhaps only c.2,400, but with no clear evidence of a decline (Morrison et al. 2011, The Nature Conservancy 2011). It may be susceptible to catastrophic fires and the introduction of diseases, and there is particular concern over the potential danger from West Nile virus, which arrived in mainland southern California in 2003, but has not yet become established on Santa Cruz Island (c.30 km from the mainland) (Boyce et al. 2011, Morrison et al. 2011). The species potentially qualifies for uplisting to Vulnerable under criterion D2. Comments are invited on this potential category change and further information would be welcomed. Continue reading