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Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Keeps Endangered Species Protection

Flawed Attempt to Strip Songbird of Protection Shot Down

PHOENIX— In response to a petition from the extreme private-property rights group the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Trump administration today determined that the southwestern willow flycatcher should retain protection as an endangered species. 

“The fact that the Pacific Legal Foundation could not even sway the Trump administration shows just how loony its argument really is,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re relieved the precious southwestern willow flycatcher and the streamside habitats it needs to survive will stay protected.”

Based on the work of a scientist who does not believe the well-documented existence of subspecies in birds — a category that includes Darwin’s famous finches — the flawed petition argued that the flycatcher was not a valid entity worthy of protection. But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists rejected that view, upholding Endangered Species Act protections for the songbird that were put in place in 1995.

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Learn about the Center's long work to save the wouthwestern willow flycatcher.         

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Banner photo Center for Biological Diversity; photo of southwestern willow flycatcherby Bryant Olsen/Flickr