As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Feds list lesser prairie-chicken as threatened, ruffling feathers of local lawmaker

Posted: March 27, 2014 - 2:48pm

kevin.welch@amarillo.com

About 3.5 million acres and $21 million pledged to help the lesser prairie-chicken after 16 years of research, planning and negotiation were not enough to keep the bird off the threatened list of the Endangered Species Act.

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday it will list the native bird that is approaching extinction, endorsing a conservation plan created by the states affected by the listing.

Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas wildlife departments with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies created the Range-wide Conservation Plan that allows landowners and industries like oil and gas and wind farms to make agreements to restore or improve habitat to help the challenged bird.

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