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.

Thursday 21 August 2014

Feds move to protect bird habitat in Utah, West

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:04 pm

Troy Wilde / Utah News Connection

Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species
Conservation Program.
SALT LAKE CITY - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Utah and several other Western states where the yellow-billed cuckoos spend time.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate more than 500,000 acres as critical habitat for the cuckoo, which is being considered for endangered-species designation.

Michael Robinson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the protections would give the birds a better chance of survival.

"The critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act provides protections from federal actions that might degrade the critical habitat or destroy it so that it's not usable by whatever endangered or threatened animal it's been designated for," he said.

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