In this time of increasing negative news regarding wildlife conservation, it is good to read about our wins as they happen. As we all know, the Endangered Species Act has come under threats at a high level. One of our local birds, the rare Yellow-billed Cuckoo, is a featured species in this drama. The following article, appearing on the National Audubon website, discusses the victory for this species and we may take heart from it.
Although we wish we were celebrating a major increase in the population or thousands of restored acres of habitat, Audubon is applauding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) recent decision to retain federal protections for the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act. Habitat loss and other threats to this bird in the West continue with less than 2,000 breeding pairs of the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo throughout its range. Read the entire article here: Another Win .