murre·​let | \ ˈmər-lət How to pronounce murrelet (audio) \

Definition of murrelet

: any of several small alcids of North Pacific islands and coasts

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Recent Examples on the Web While the status of the murrelet has been consistent under federal law for decades, its status under state law has not been as clear. oregonlive, "Oregon seabird facing dual threats as forests burn and oceans warm, study says," 22 Sep. 2020 That notice alleged that the earlier federal assessments of the Growlers’ impact on the murrelet produced a flawed biological opinion, which violated the Endangered Species Act. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Feds give new scrutiny to clash between Whidbey Island Navy jets and endangered seabirds," 7 Sep. 2019 Cox, the agency spokesman, said the sale area was surveyed again in 2017 and 2018 and no murrelets were observed. oregonlive, "Failing forestry: Oregon wanted to clearcut above their water supply. The plan’s on hold for now.," 28 Sep. 2019 The marbled murrelet is listed as endangered in both Washington and California. Kale Williams,, "State reverses itself, declines to list marbled murrelet as endangered," 8 June 2018 The murrelet lives along the Pacific Coast from Alaska’s Aleutian Islands to central California and was listed as threatened under federal law in Oregon, Washington and California in 1992. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Oregon increases protections for marbled murrelet and the timber industry is not pleased," 10 Feb. 2018 The status of the murrelet, which was listed as threatened under both state and federal guidelines in the early 1990s, was challenged by a coalition of environmental groups in 2016. Kale Williams,, "State reverses itself, declines to list marbled murrelet as endangered," 8 June 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Murrelet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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