Northern Aplomado Falcon Reintroduction

Posted by ardeidae on February 14, 2005

The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans on reintroducing the endangered Northern Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis) to southern New Mexico, releasing up to 150 birds per year for ten years. Environmental groups such as Forest Guardians say this only feeds into oil and gas companies since the USFWS is designating the release as a “nonessential experimental population”, allowing the falcon to be stripped of nearly all Endangered Species Act protections.

The Peregrine Fund is working hard on restoration efforts. They have been successful in Texas with the help of the Safe harbor Agreement, but the Northern Aplomado Falcon population is still struggling in New Mexico because of Safe Harbor exceptions.

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