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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Birding at Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract

Killdeer on Merganser Pond
Killdeer on One of the Little Islands on Merganser Pond

Over the past year, Jim and I have been gradually exploring birding spots here in central Maryland. Birds can be found just about anywhere, including your backyard, roadsides and area parking lots. But birds need food, cover, places to nest and water. So spots where these needs are met in abundance are hot spots where you are likely to find more birds. In our immediate area, one of the best is Patuxent Research Refuge. The refuge straddles Anne Arundel and Prince Georges Counties about mid-way between DC and Baltimore.) If you live in this area or are visiting and want to get in some birding, it is a great place to try.

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The Birds of Spring

Pair of Killdeers Looking for Love at Patuxent Research Refuge
Pair of Killdeers Looking for Love at Patuxent Research Refuge

Yesterday was the first day of spring. Even when the temperatures are still cold and winter-like, the birds seem to know that spring is here. If you pay attention, you can find signs of spring bird activity in your own backyard or at local birding spots. I’ve seen quite a few signs of spring in the past few weeks.

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