November 28, 1980 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a petition from the International Council for Bird Preservation to list the Heinroth's shearwater under the Endangered Species Act.
May 12, 1981 – The Service made a positive 90-day finding on the petition.
May 10, 1985 - November 21, 1991 – The Service published five annual notices continuing to find that the species warranted listing but that listing was precluded due to other priorities.
2003 – The Center sued the Service over its delay in issuing proposed listing rules for 73 rare foreign birds in need of protection, including the Heinroth's shearwater.
May 21, 2004 – The Service published another annual notice continuing to find that the species warranted listing but that protection was precluded due to other priorities.
April 23, 2007 – The Service published an annual notice finding the species warranted listing.
December 18, 2007 – The Service proposed to list the Heinroth's shearwater as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
June 16, 2009 – The Center and the Fish and Wildlife Service reached a settlement agreement requiring the Service to submit to the Federal Register a final determination for the species by December 29, 2009.