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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF61 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Establishing a Nonessential Experimental Population of the Guam Kingfisher on Palmyra Atoll, USA 

This proposed rule would designate all Guam kingfishers released on Palmyra Atoll as a nonessential experimental population under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. The Guam kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus), or Sihek, is a bird that was previously endemic to the island of Guam but has existed only in captivity since the 1980s. The primary cause of its decline and extinction in the wild was predation by the nonnative brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis). The threat of the brown treesnake on Guam presently precludes reintroducing Guam kingfishers within their historical range. Prior to restoring Guam kingfishers to Guam, FWS is proposing to release Guam kingfishers on Palmyra Atoll. 

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Ellis
Chief, Branch of Recovery and Conservation Planning
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2307