Feds honor heroes for endangered and threatened birds

Black-capped Vireo. Photo by Lora Render

Omar Bocanegra, hero for Black-capped Vireo

In Region 2, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, the agency honored FWS wildlife biologist Omar Bocanegra for his leadership in endangered Black-capped Vireo recovery. “When the species was first listed in 1987, only 350 adult birds remained in the known breeding range,” FWS says. “Since 2005, Bocanegra worked to strengthen working relationships and build trust with key partners to foster interest in vireo recovery. Consequently, the 2017 species status evaluation revealed that years of collaborative conservation and adaptive management paid off. Black-capped Vireo populations have become robust and resilient enough throughout their range that the species successfully recovered and no longer needs federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.”

 

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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