US Bush administration forced to list birds as endangered

Gurney's pittas

From Environment News Service:

Lawsuits Force Listing of Six Rare Birds as Endangered

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed six rare birds from around the world as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Fourteen years after first determining these species warranted protection, the Service responded to a series of lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity and listed the six bird species, placing a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

The newly protected species are – the black stilt of New Zealand, the caerulean paradise-flycatcher of Indonesia, the giant ibis of Laos and Cambodia, the Gurney’s pitta [see also here] of Myanmar and Thailand, the long-legged thicketbird of Fiji, and the Socorro mockingbird of Mexico.

2 thoughts on “US Bush administration forced to list birds as endangered

  1. The Bush administration’s plan for 11 million spectacular acres in Utah is alarming – a sharp increase in oil and gas development and off-road vehicle use. It spells disaster for the rocky canyons and wide vistas that are home to a variety of wildlife and a delight to nature lovers.

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    Bob Fertik

    Dear Friend,

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    If President Bush has his way, some of the most spectacular areas in Utah will be irreversibly degraded by oil rigs and off-road vehicles (ORVs).

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    The more people like you and me who take action today, the more wild places we can protect.

    Kathy Kilmer
    The Wilderness Society


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