Does the Endangered Species Act Really Help Birds?

Bald Eagle (Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Maryland 2016)
Bald Eagle (Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Maryland 2016)

As an avid birder and bird watcher, I have of course heard about endangered bird species before. Like most birders, I see articles about birds in trouble and get requests for donations, etc. all the time, but do you ever wonder if being listed as an endangered species really makes a difference to these birds? You know like, “Is it just hopeless?” And do bird species that are listed ever get off the list? This morning I was just poking around online and I stumbled on a website that answers these questions. Sound interesting? I thought so.

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Watching the Birds Rise

White-Throated Sparrow
Early Morning White-Throated Sparrow

There is something very special about watching a new day begin. From quiet darkness, to the first early chirps, to the first few winged visitors, building to the busy activity of dozens, the local birds are a big part of the start of each new day. If you pay attention, you are likely to see patterns in the bird activity in your yard. Every yard is different and every day is different, but this is the pattern I see on a typical winter morning in my yard.

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