David Yarnold, For the Express-News
Published 5:39 pm, Thursday, November 5, 2015
The golden-cheeked warbler remains threatened, and its best chance of survival is remaining on the Endangered Species list.
A flashy little Texas songbird that weighs one-third of an ounce is in a David-and-Goliath fight for survival in the Lone Star State.
The golden-cheeked warbler is all Texan. It cannot breed and raise its young anywhere else in the world except the magnificent Texas Hill Country. It builds its nests from the bark of mature junipers, and it nests in woodlands containing a mix of junipers and oaks in rocky canyons and washes, and on canyon tops and upland areas.
But the warbler’s nesting grounds — those beautiful natural places that make the Hill Country famous — are being eroded, subdivision by subdivision, and building by building, in the 33 counties where it nests. That’s why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to provide special protections for the golden-cheeked warbler a quarter of a century ago.