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The Scientific Bases for Preservation of the Mariana Crow Appendix A Statement of Task A committee of about eight experts in ornithology, population biology, and captive propagation, including, where appropriate, members of the previous NRC Committee on Scientific Bases for the Preservation of the Hawaiian Crow, will analyze the existing scientific information on and alternative approaches to the recovery of the Mariana crow and will prepare a report detailing their findings, conclusions, and recommendations concerning the recovery efforts for the species. The committee will examine existing scientific data, hold a public meeting, and speak to individuals involved in the recovery effort. The committee will meet three times. One meeting in Guam and Rota will be planned to review data, visit field sites, and gather other relevant information for the committee's deliberations. The committee will address scientific issues such as the following: Causes of the continuing decline in population of the Mariana crow in the wild; Options for action to halt or reverse the decrease in numbers of the Mariana crow; Approximate minimum viable population for survival of the Guam population of this species; and The advisability of adding genetic material from the Rota population to the Guam population. The committee will then develop scientific recommendations that will assist the interested parties in working towards the recovery of Corvus kubaryi.