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DLNR to release 15 adult Mariana crows in September

DEPARTMENT of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Anthony Benavente said they are set to release 15 adult Mariana crows, which are classified as a critically endangered species, sometime in September.

In an interview, Benavente said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is helping  DLNR monitor the population of the Mariana crow on Rota which has about 60 breeding pairs.

“Rota used to have a lot of those birds. Now, only a small number remains.,” Benavente said.

“Guam used to have a large population of Mariana crows, but the number has also decreased over the past few years,” he added.

DLNR, its Fish and Wildlife Division, the Rota Mayor’s Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife have launched a project to save the Mariana crow.

Benavente said the biology department of the University of Washington is also helping them implement the project.