Monday, December 27, 2010

Our December Gift to Mother Nature

For those of you parrot lovers that live in the United States you know that there are (or were) two distinct species of native parrot here, the Carolina Parakeet and the Thick-billed Parrot. But if you didn't know that we held two lovely and distinct birds of the psittacine order in the U.S., then surprise! I trust that you will now be dutifully taking time to learn about these interesting ad exciting animals, no?

So anyways the exciting news! Take a gander at what the press has to say about attempting to get one of our parrots back into a thriving situation. Image by Andrew Zuckerman.

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press – Thu Dec 16, 2:11 pm ET

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The federal government has agreed to draft a recovery plan for an endangered parrot with a historical range that included Arizona and New Mexico.
Environmentalists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over what it said was a decades-long delay in developing such a plan.
The two sides settled the lawsuit this week.
About 2,800 of the adult thick-billed parrots still live in the wild, mostly in northern Mexico. Environmentalists say the last credible reports of naturally occurring flocks in the U.S. are from southeastern Arizona in 1938 and southwestern New Mexico in 1964.

A Fish and Wildlife spokesman says the agency will review Mexico's recovery plan and have a U.S. version available for public comment in 2012.
So there it is folks! Starting almost a full year from now we get a recovery plan for our parrots! And from the sound of things it wasn't easy to get. I don't think I could blame the Fish and Wildlife Service for perhaps putting up a fuss either. It is not cheap or easy to grow native parrot populations especially when there has not been one in seventy-two years, and this species hasn't had huge flocks to begin with! This doesn't look like a cinch.

The plan is going to take many years, but wouldn't it be worth it? How amazing would it be to have our own native parrot species? How proud would you be to visit Arizona just to go watch our own parrots flying in their natural habitat? I would have to make it a yearly trip to visit, just as a treat for myself.

We missed our chance with the Carolina Parakeet and I hope that this chance is all that we need for our proudly native Thick-billed.

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