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Endangered Bird Fully Recovered, Thanks to the Endangered Species Act
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose delisting the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, a gray and yellow songbird that ranges from the Great Lakes to the Bahamas. The bird was one of the original species listed under the Endangered Species Act and over the last 50 years has improved from about 200 breeding males to nearly 2,400 today.
The following statement is from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
“This is a story of success. Habitat loss and disease nearly drove the Kirtland’s warbler to extinction. But thanks to the collaboration and scientific research that the Endangered Species Act requires, we were able to recover this songbird for future generations.
“The Endangered Species Act is our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. It allows for flexibility in protecting endangered wildlife and requires that federal, state, tribal and local officials work together to save species. The decision to remove the Kirtland’s warbler from the list of endangered species is a testimony to the law and a great conservation accomplishment.
“But the work to protect the Kirtland’s warbler continues. Better habitat management gave this bird a chance at survival, but climate change brings rising seas to the bird’s winter home. The survival of this bird is reliant upon our commitment to protect the biodiversity of our wildlife and wild lands. So goes nature, so goes us.”
Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.