One small bird now has a lot more habitat to enjoy, thanks to protection from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the Deseret News, more than 200,000 acres of riparian land along more than 1,200 miles of rivers in several western states is now guarded against adverse development, and it is hoped that the protective measure can help safeguard the endangered southwestern subspecies of the willow flycatcher.
Parts of Utah, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado are included in the protected zones. While the areas are not automatically designated as preserves, this first step in habitat conservation may lead to better analysis of developments as they could harm the endangered species.
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