In April, the following birds will be on the endangered species list. Only three have been listed before. These are the American Oystercatcher, Long-billed Curlew, and the Ruffed Grouse.
They are natives to large meadows, forest areas, and open spaces in North America. For many years they have played an important role in maintaining healthy wildlife populations. Their territories provide refuge for birds that need to find food and water. This is the main reason that many conservationists do not advocate extermination methods as much as long-term programs that help these birds adapt to a more urban environment.
Endangered Bird Species
With this in mind, endangered species listing is being used in one of our country’s bird conservation efforts. Why is this so?
Well, the United States government knows that although there are many different bird species in this country. Only a few are considered to be of great conservation importance. The Brown-headed Cowbird, which is also known as the Common White-throated Warbler, is the one listed. It is known to nest in New England, but it is not considered an endangered species. On the other hand, the Red-eyed Vireo, the American Crow, the Black-capped Chickadee, and the American Kestrel are all considered to be endangered.
Another species is the Yellow-rumped Rail. This is considered to be one of the most endangered bird species in the world. As a result, it is illegal to hunt or kill a member of this species anywhere in the country.
Protection Of the Bird Species
The Scottish Greenfinch is one of the most endangered of all birds in the world. Of the twenty-four species of the Baltic Whitemarker, only two are considered to be endangered. Since the birds are relatively common, they do not get the same kind of attention as some species do. The Baltic is the only species of bird in the world that is protected under international law.
What does this mean for a citizen who is considering hunting for this bird? Actually, not much. Hunting is a thing that goes on in many countries, especially in those areas where endangered species are native.
The reason that the endangered species listing is being used by the US government is that this bird has a very limited breeding and distribution range. As a result, many people assume that this bird cannot survive in captivity. That is not true, however.
The Captive Colony
With the help of a “prey list,” a captive colony of this bird has been successfully bred in Canada. The population of captive birds in Canada is increasing, but with a number of variables, including the availability of food, lack of predators, and habitat, this is a positive sign.
The dwindling numbers of the Red-tailed Hawk in the US are not a result of hunting. However, captive-bred populations are growing, which means that the global population of this bird is increasing as well.
As more birds are listed as endangered and removed from the endangered species list, local governments will be able to better provide for the birds that are still there. It is precious because the effort that must be made to reduce hunting methods to save these birds is incredible.
Please consider all these when you think about the beautiful American Bald Eagle, the rare bird that you know as the Brown-headed Cowbird. If you care about our birds, do what you can to help save them, and don’t forget to visit the National Eagle Repository.