I looked around online and came across The Environmental News Service link. According to the Audubon Society, the ten most endangered bird species in the USA are as follows:
1 The Ivorybilled Woodpecker
2 The California Condor
3 The Whooping Crane
4 The Gunnison Sage Grouse
5 Kirtland’s Warbler
6 The Piping Plover
7 The Florida Scrub Jay
8 Ashy Storm Petrel
9 Golden Cheeked Warbler
10 Kittlitz Murrelet
My sad comment on the Ivorybill is that even if there were 6 individuals left in Arkansas or anywhere, there is no way that they will survive. They were too persecuted and robbed of their natural habitat.
I have followed the California Condor for quite a few years. I remember when it was said that they were down to 5 or 6 individuals remaining, and that was years ago. As Audubon says in its report, the survival of the CA Condor is almost entirely on account of its being listed as an endangered species. There has been a fairly decent revival of the Condor and over 140 are still said to be in captivity.
The Whooping Crane was down to 20 or less individuals and has now made a modest comeback, thanks to the ESA – the Endangered Species Act.
The Gunnison’s Sage Grouse I don’t know much about, but the open lands and prairies that most grouse live in have been turned in to cattle land and farmland all over this country.
Kirtland’s Warbler – I’m not to familiar with it, but like the Cerulean Warbler, many woodland warblers are really in trouble in this country.
The Piping Plover like so many is headed toward extiction because of habitat loss.
The Florida Scrub Jay is headed toward extinction. Just look at the state of Florida – one of the most overdeveloped, robbed, drained, overpopulated and ruined states in the USA. The Florida Panther and the Manatee and many other species are threatened with extinction in Florida.
The Ashy Storm Petrel – I need to do further study, but it is listed as endangered.
The Golden Cheeked Warbler – another tiny warbler that struggle to stay around, as usual, mainly because of habitat loss.
The Kittlitz Murrelet – a seabird which the average American has never heard of. Many threatened species have lived in very small, restricted areas, but that does not make them any LESS valuable.
Once upon a time, the American Bald Eagle and many other raptors were threatened with extinction, mainly on account of pesticides like DDT , but also many other factors too. According to George Fenwick of the American Bird Conservancy, (quote) “Today it isn’t hard to see a bald eagle in most states. If not for the Endangered Species Act, you’d need to fly to Alaska to see one.”
This last fact speaks for itself, and speaks for everything related to the ESA. If it is watered down or struck down by the worst Congress in US history, it will be a sad day for birds, wildlife and incidentally, quite a few people!
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Thanks very much! Bill Thurman