Chris Biro is dedicated to saving endangered Arizona parrots, but is getting no government help.
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SCB Recommends FWS Take Steps to Restore Thick-billed Parrot to its Historic Range in the United States
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) submitted formal comments today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on the draft recovery plan for the Thick-billed Parrot, an endangered species that was extirpated from the United States in the 1930s. The Thick-billed Parrot is now only found in Mexico and continues to decline there, mostly due to the loss of old growth forests in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental.
The Endangered Species Act requires the FWS to develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of endangered species. Each recovery plan is required to include site-specific management actions, objective and measurable criteria to determine when a species is no longer threatened, and estimates of the time and costs to carry out conservation measures to recover the species. While the recovery plan for the Thick-billed Parrot contains detailed information about conservation efforts in Mexico, criteria for recovery within the United States are insufficient and lacking in detail.
VERDE VALLEY - After weeks spent crossing the most barren and windswept country the Southwest has to offer, the Spanish conquistador Antonio Espejo, his chronicler Diego Perez de Luxon and five soldiers, entered the Verde Valley in May 1583.
The international pet trade is likely second only to habitat reduction as the biggest threat facing parrots in the wild. With 22 native parrot species, Mexico is at the forefront of the battle to save its iconic birds from becoming commodities of the pet trade. Early signs suggest it is winning the war.
LAS CRUCES -- The thickbilled parrot could be on the road to recovery in the Southwest under a settlement agreement filed this week in a federal lawsuit brought by WildEarth Guardians against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.