Great job compiling conservation status information on these birds! Sorting 
through all the various lists at state, national, and global scales can be very 
challenging. I think you’re approach of combining state-listed species, global 
concern lists, and eBird records is exactly the right approach to take.

Another recent source with additional information on these species is the 
Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan, also published in 2016:  The only minor change since the State of the 
Birds report, is that Evening Grosbeak was added to the Watch List because of 
its steep declines — it could be added to your list as a winter visitor (now 
rare) on FLNF. Olive-sided Flycatcher (also on the Watch List) also could 
potentially be added as a migrant.

The Partners in Flight Plan also lists a group of “Common Birds in Steep 
Decline,” which are not yet on the Watch List, but have lost 50% or more of 
their global population since 1970 (according to the BBS), and are often 
representative of degraded habitats. These include the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 
Field Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird, which you have already listed as “honorable 
mentions,” as well as some other common local species — Bank Swallow (B), 
Blackpoll Warbler (migrant), Pine Siskin (W), Eastern Meadowlark (B), Chimney 
Swift (B), Wilson’s Warbler (M), Least Flycatcher (B), American Tree Sparrow 
(W), and Common Grackle (!).

If the FLNF has additional questions, or is going through a formal process to 
update their list, I would be happy to provide more input.


Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Office: 607-254-2412
cell: 607-342-4594<>

On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:42 PM, Joshua Snodgrass 
<<>> wrote:

Hello all,
I've been volunteering in the Finger Lakes National Forest checking on the 
condition of bird boxes for the new biologist there. He is currently updating 
the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list for the forest, and asked for my 
input on any birds that should be added to the list that are in trouble. It 
would be irresponsible of me to give advice without asking for input from this 
community, who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
What I have done in my efforts to make good recommendations are to crosscheck 
eBird sightings with the NY DEC's list of state Endangered, Threatened, and 
Species of concern, as well as the most recent State of the Birds report for 
species that are in trouble versus those that occur in the forest. I included 
any birds in the SotB report that received a score of "13" or higher. If any of 
you have recommendations for additional species, or other edits, please let me 
know. Thank you all for any input. Below is the list of bird species I came up 
with that have been recorded in eBird as occuring in the Finger Lakes NF, with 
NYDEC sensitive species first.

Short-eared Owl- NY Endangered
Golden Eagle- NY Endangered (usually a migrant, one recent record of a perched 
Pied-billed Grebe- NY Threatened
Bald Eagle- NY Threatened
Northern Harrier- NY Threatened
Henslow's Sparrow- NY Threatened
Upland Sandpiper- NY Threatened (flyover record, but habitat seems amenable)
Northern Goshawk- NY Species of Concern (SoC)
Cooper's Hawk- NY SoC
Sharp-shinned Hawk- NY SoC
Red-shouldered Hawk- NY SoC
Common Nighthawk- NY Soc
Horned Lark- NY SoC
Vesper Sparrow- NY SoC
Grasshopper Sparrow- NY SoC

Birds not listed by NY DEC, but in trouble globally according to 2016 State of 
the BIrds report follow.  The State of the Birds Watch List includes any 
species with a score of 14 or higher, as well as those with a score of 13 and a 
rapidly declining population. I have included all species that scored a 13 or 
higher that are known to occur in the Finger Lakes NF below:

Bobolink- 14 breeding
Wood Thrush- 14 breeding
Canada Warbler- 14 breeding?
American Woodcock- 13 breeding
Black-billed Cuckoo- 13 breeding
Blue-winged Warbler- 13 breeding
Prairie Warbler- 13 breeding
Cape May Warbler- 13 migrant
Connecticut Warble- 13 migrant

Honorable mentions- birds that score a 12 that breed on Finger Lakes NF lands:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler (breeds?)
Field Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird (migrant?)

Links to the State of the Birds, and NYDEC species list, and breeding bird atlas

State of the Birds species table:

 Thank for any input!

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