News Release

April 23, 2012

Endangered Species Bulletin Highlights Success in Recovering Endangered Bird Populations

Media Contacts:
Vanessa Kauffman, 703-358-2138

Birds play a significant ecological, economic and cultural role in our lives. Success in recovering endangered bird populations - and those of so many other imperiled species - depends on collaboration. A key part of the effort to recover these species has been our partnerships with state and local governments, other federal agencies, non-government organizations and private citizens who come together with a shared mission to conserve birds and the habitat they depend on.

The latest edition of the Endangered Species Bulletin highlights the work of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners to ensure that future generations may continue to enjoy the many benefits that birds bring to our lives.

Here is a sampling of stories in this edition:

Holly Freifeld, Sheldon Plentovich, Chris Farmer and George Wallace write about the historic effort to create a second population of the Nihoa Millerbird on Hawaii's Laysan Island, restoring Millerbirds to the island after a 100-year absence.

Christian Hagan discusses a proactive and targeted approach the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and partners are taking to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken and greater sage-grouse - two candidate species for Endangered Species Act protection.

David Klinger pens a thought provoking piece on the semi-centennial anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, credited for revolutionizing America's interest in environmental issues.

The Endangered Species Bulletin is available exclusively online at Updated bimonthly to ensure timely updates regarding endangered and threatened species issues, each edition will include an in-depth feature article coupled with several supporting articles, a live news feed, plus other new and social media offerings. To be notified when a new edition has been published, sign up for our list-serv by clicking on "E-Mail List" on the Bulletin Web page. The Bulletin welcomes manuscripts on a wide range of topics related to endangered species. Please send an inquiry before drafting the article.

The Service is interested in your comments and suggestions about the Endangered Species Bulletin. Please send them to or mail them to Endangered Species Bulletin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 420, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1610. You can also contact us at (703) 358-2171.

The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species Program, visit: where you can download podcasts and find links to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.