Target: Dan Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Keep the golden-cheeked warbler on the endangered species list to ensure survival.
The golden-cheeked warbler is at risk of losing its status as an endangered species. Military officials and local developers have appealed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the bird from the endangered species list due to minor improvements in its habitat. Urge the U.S. and Wildlife Service to secure the golden-cheeked warblers’ place on the endangered species list and, ultimately, its survival.
First placed on the list in 1990, the golden-cheeked warbler still has a long way to go. Its nesting grounds are limited to 33 counties in Texas. Even with the added protection, one-third of the birds’ habitat was lost. The bird nests in juniper and oak trees, many of which have been bulldozed to make way for buildings. While some improvements have been made, these are not enough to save this species. In addition to land development, the birds’ habitat is coveted by the military. The golden-cheeked warblers’ habitat resides on the border of Fort Hood. Because of this, the military is not allowed to use certain explosives near the protected zone.
Many influential people are speaking out against saving the golden-cheeked warbler. High military officials claim that the birds’ protected status is an inconvenience to their military operations. Politicians claim that it was a mistake to list the bird as endangered at all, citing scientific limitations. Though it may be an inconvenience to some, this does not make it okay to put its survival at risk. By signing below, you will encourage the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue to protect the golden-cheeked warbler as an endangered species.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
Certain military officials and politicians are appealing to remove the golden-cheeked warbler from the endangered species list. This bird is not yet out of danger. If you agree to remove this species from your protection, you are putting its survival at risk.
With its habitat spanning only 33 counties in Texas, the bird requires precise conditions for survival. One-third of its habitat has already been destroyed. This includes the juniper and oak trees in which the bird nests. Without the necessary protection, this destruction will continue until the golden-cheeked warbler is extinct.
Per military officials, the birds’ protective status is an inconvenience to their everyday operations. No animal should have to die because it is inconvenient. We demand that you continue to protect the golden-cheeked warbler in order to give it the best chance of survival.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Steve Maslowski