This Golden-cheeked Warbler nests only in a Central Texas woodland. Its small breeding range is ever more fragmented by residential development, and its numbers are in serious decline. Endangered Species Day was established by Congress to acknowledge the plight of this warbler and many other creatures, and to encourage all of us to do what we can to save them.
Funding for The Endangered Species Act is renegotiated every year.
Endangered Species Day
Written by Bob Sundstrom
This is BirdNote and today is Endangered Species Day.
[Whistled notes of Piping Plovers]
Listen to the mellow voices of Piping Plovers. These pale gray shorebirds winter along our Southeastern coasts. [Whistled notes of Piping Plovers] Trying to coexist with humans along our beaches has made life precarious for the tiny Plovers. Their entire population now stands at less than 6500.
This rising series of buzzy notes is the song of a Golden-cheeked Warbler. [Golden-cheeked Warbler song] The only area in the world where it nests is in a Central Texas woodland. This small breeding range is ever more fragmented by residential development and its numbers are in serious decline.
[Loud calls of Whooping Cranes – adult pair calling in unison] How fortunate would you be to hear the bugling cries of Whooping Cranes! [Loud calls of Whooping Cranes] Although their numbers have been slowly increasing, Whooping Cranes remain one of our rarest birds. Only 600 of these statuesque white cranes exist in the world today, and that includes both wild and captive birds. (Editor's note: As of January 2020, the number of Whooping Cranes is estimated at just over 800.)
Endangered Species Day was established by Congress to acknowledge the plight of fragile species, and to encourage all of us to do what we can to save them. Funding for The Endangered Species Act is renegotiated every year. Let your federal representatives know how you feel about this issue.
For BirdNote I’m Mary McCann. [Whistled notes of Piping Plovers; Golden-cheeked Warbler song; loud calls of Whooping Cranes]
Call of the birds provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Whistled notes of Piping Plovers recorded by Dolly Minis; Golden-cheeked Warbler song recorded by Jeffrey Bolsinger; calls of Whooping Cranes recorded by G. Archibald.
BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and produced by John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org May 2015/2019 Narrator: Mary McCann