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Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today (see PDF) that Endangered Species Act protections have successfully recovered the Inyo California towhee, a songbird found only near springs in the Mojave Desert. The towhee got federal protection in 1987 because its habitat around desert springs was being damaged by grazing, recreation and mining. Federal listing with critical habitat protection allowed the bird’s population to rebound from fewer than 200 birds in 1987 to more than 700 birds today.
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