The Long-billed Curlew is currently on the
Blue List of species that may be at risk in the province. This designation was made based on the low, possibly declining provincial populations, the species' reliance on native grasslands and the lack of specific data on Alberta population trends. The down-listing in 1996 from the 1991
Red List was based on better information rather than on an increase in population. The Long-billed Curlew is designated as a non-game species'
under the Alberta Wildlife Act meaning that it is illegal to kill or capture curlews without the appropriate permits.
In 1998, the Nature Conservancy ranked the Long-billed Curlew as G5 meaning it is
"demonstrably secure" within its global range. In Alberta, the Long-billed Curlew is ranked as
S3 or 4, "rare" (Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre 1998).
Reprinted from Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 16
with permission from Alberta
Sustainable Resource Development.