Target: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Support the decision to preserve the habitat of the western snowy plover.
Thanks to a lawsuit from the nonprofit organization, the Center for Biological Diversity, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has set aside thirty-eight square miles of land on the west coast as protected habitat for the western snowy plover. This bird has gone from “endangered” to merely “threatened,” and the extra protection from the government should give the plover the extra boost it needs to become restored in the ecosystem. The Fish and Wildlife Service should be commended for this action.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the population of western snowy plover dipped to only 1,500 birds when it was listed as threatened on the endangered species list in 1993. The Endangered Species Act provided enough protection to bring the population up to 3,600 by 2010. Hopefully, this new protection of their habitats will rejuvenate the count of western snowy plover on the west coast and lift them back up to healthier numbers.
Major threats to the western snowy plover include human interference with nesting sites, habitat loss, use of pesticides, and changing climates. With this new ruling, the government has protected sixty critical habitat units along the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. This action will protect not only well known habitats, including nesting areas and mating grounds, but also areas further inland that plovers could potentially occupy in the future, in case global warming causes significant rises in sea level which could disturb the birds.
Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service,
I would like to let you know of my support for your protection of the habitats of the western snowy plover. These birds have been on the endangered species list since 1993, and I think your sanctioning of the land for the birds will be essential to their recuperation. Because of your actions, the western snowy plover may have the chance to bounce back and restore the ecosystem.
I would also like to commend you for the preservation of lands near their natural habitats. These new lands reserved for the plovers should do well to protect them now and in years to come. That kind of forward thinking in government is just the thing that is needed in order to get back on track for the conservation of America’s wildlife.
[Your Name Here]