New Report Shows the Endangered Species Act Works for Birds
By Gustave Axelson
January 11, 2017
The Endangered Species Act is often criticized. Some conservationists say it’s been weakened and watered down, while other critics say it’s a needless economic drag that benefits lawyers more than animals. In an issues primer for last November’s election, the American Farm Bureau Federation claimed: “the ESA has failed at recovering and delisting species since its inception.”
That’s just not true for birds, says a report by the American Bird Conservancy. ABC analyzed population trends since listing for all 96 bird species protected by the Endangered Species Act and found that more than 70 percent were increasing, stable, or have been delisted due to recovery.
“The Endangered Species Act is needed more than ever. In the past five years, seven U.S. bird populations were listed as threatened and endangered species,” said Steve Holmer, vice president of policy for the American Bird Conservancy. “On the bright side, our recent analysis shows that once listed, most birds are recovering, thanks in part to the ESA’s safety nets.”