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Any of various small auks of the genera Brachyramphus and Synthliboramphus of the Pacific Ocean, having black, gray, or brown upperparts and predominantly white underparts.
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(Animals) any of several small diving birds of the genus Brachyramphus and related genera, similar and related to the auks: family Alcidae, order Charadriiformes
[C19: from murre + -let]
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(ˈmɜr lɪt)

any of several small, chunky diving birds of the auk family, of N Pacific coasts.
[1870–75, Amer.]
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Status of Ancient Murrelets (Synthliboramphus antiquus) and upland birds following eradication of Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Langara Island, Haida Gwaii.
On February 27,1995, Judge Louis Bechtle of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a permanent injunction on the Owl Creek harvest area and found that "EPIC has proven, by a preponderance of the evidence, that marbled murrelets are nesting in THP-237" (the area of Timber Harvest Plan 237 at issue) and that Pacific Lumber had tried to minimize its detections of murrelets by neglecting PSG protocol, intimidating surveyors, sending doctored-up data sheets to state and federal agencies, and intimidating government witnesses.
A carbon-oriented Giesy Plan, after setting aside 20 percent of the Elliott for riparian reserves for coho salmon, would divide the remaining Elliott land into not two, but three 22,000-acre pieces: one for industrial-style logging and a second for expanded older timber reserves surrounding the nests of spotted owls and marbled murrelets, as Giesy suggested.
Unlike most seabird species, Kittlitz's Murrelets do not nest in colonies, but instead nest solitarily at low densities.
They cited the lack of response to threatened species, specifically Pacific humpback whales, marbled murrelets, nechako white sturgeons and southern mountain woodland caribou.
The presence of brown pelicans, least terns and Xantus's murrelets, listed as vulnerable, threatened and endangered species and all recorded during on-the-water surveys, also reflects, in general and at smaller scale, the occurrence of these species as reported by other authors for the SCB (Bonnell and Dailey, 1993, Schmitt and Bonnell, 2003).
What do polar bears, Pacific walrus, spectacled eiders, and Kittlitz's murrelets have in common?
On your paddle, you might spot loons, marbled murrelets, and bald eagles (a pair has lived next to the inn for the last 15 years).
Pacific Northwest coast that posed a serious threat to a population of marbled murrelets (Brachyrampbus marmoratus).
Thanks to the Navy, this 225-acre stand of trees is the only remnant of the mighty forests that once stretched from the foothills of the Cascades in eastern Washington state to the shores of the Puget Sound, and home to a nesting colony of marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), a bird listed as threatened in the Pacific Northwest.
Marbled murrelets, Queen Charlotte goshawks, and bald eagles soar over these emerald isles.