Don’t Diminish the Habitat of an Endangered Cuckoo Bird

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Do not decrease the critical habitat of the endangered western yellow-billed cuckoo.

One of the rarest cuckoo birds in the United States has already lost over 90 percent of its habitat, and now it is at risk of losing the rest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed a nine percent decrease in the habitat of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. This rare bird has already lost a great deal of its habitat. According to The Audubon Society, it is found in only a fraction of its former range in the American West. Demand that it be protected from extinction.

The yellow-billed cuckoo is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The bird is endangered in California, critically imperiled in Nevada, sensitive in Utah, and considered of great conservation need in seven additional western states. Surveys completed by various state and federal agencies found that fewer than 2,000 breeding pairs of the cuckoo remain throughout its range.

In addition to decreasing its territory, the USFWS has considered removing the bird from the Endangered Species Act list. However, the cuckoo continues to face steep population decline due to the loss of more than 90 percent of its breeding habitat. Water diversions, dams, and extended drought along Southwestern river corridors have wiped out the riverbank cottonwood and willow forests that cuckoos inhabit. Sign below to demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not decrease the critical habitat of the yellow-billed cuckoo and prioritize the conservation of this beautiful and important bird.


Dear Ms. Skipwith,

The western yellow-billed cuckoo is a rare and important bird that faces many threats. In addition to considering their removal from the Endangered Species Act list, you now want to decrease their habitat.

This cruel action is not justified given that they have already lost 90 percent of their original breeding grounds and continue to face steep population decline due to habitat destruction. Now is not the time to further decrease their territory, but rather to prioritize their survival by conserving their habitat.

We cannot afford to see the decline of yet another species. I demand that you do not decrease the critical habitat of the Western yellow-billed cuckoo and instead prioritize its conservation.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren

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