Yellow-billed cuckoos fly thousands of miles from South America to nest in the western United States. But, once here, they've found fewer and fewer streamside forests that provide them shelter for nesting as well as the large bugs, including spiny caterpillars, they need to eat to make the long trip back south.
Thanks to a 16-year campaign by the Center for Biological Diversity, these imperiled birds have finally been protected under the Endangered Species Act. But their habitat is not yet protected.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now taking comments on its proposal to protect more than a half-million acres -- over 1,700 linear miles along rivers and streams -- as "critical habitat" for western yellow-billed cuckoos.
The proposal would protect 573 miles of streamside in Arizona, 288 miles in New Mexico, 280 in California, 211 in Colorado, 144 in Utah, as well as shorter stretches in Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho and Texas.
Unfortunately, the proposal would only protect the largest patches of habitat. Please write to request that cuckoos surviving and nesting in smaller areas also have their homes protected.
October 16, 2014 Action Alert ID# 164
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