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.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Keep golden-cheeked warbler on endangered list

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.

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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.

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