Endangered Species Bulletin Showcases 2011 Recovery Highlights



The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. Looking back on 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud of the remarkable successes of this landmark conservation law. All Americans can take pride in the fact that the ESA has prevented hundreds of species from becoming extinct, stabilized the populations of many others and set many species on the track to recovery.

The latest edition of the Endangered Species Bulletin looks at some of the exciting events and incredible achievements from 2011, and the many groups and individuals that helped make them happen.

Here is a sampling of stories in this edition:

Pete Gober writes about the extraordinary comeback of the black-footed ferret, and the conservation actions currently underway to ensure this rare mammal persists into the future.

Michael Woodbridge and Scott Flaherty discuss the dramatic reversal of fortunes for the California condor — a majestic icon of the American West — and the implications of wind energy development for recovery.

Laura Todd pens a piece on the power of community in creating recovery for the western snowy plover in Oregon.

You can also see a summary of last year’s ESA actions, as well as upcoming actions, at:


The Endangered Species Bulletin is available exclusively online at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/news/bulletin.html. Updated bimonthly to ensure timely updates regarding endangered and threatened species issues, each edition will include an in-depth feature article coupled with several supporting articles, a live news feed, plus other new and social media offerings.  To be notified when a new edition has been published, sign up for our list-serv by clicking on “E-Mail List” on the Bulletin Web page.

The Bulletin welcomes manuscripts on a wide range of topics related to endangered species. Please send an inquiry before drafting the article.

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4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1610. You can also contact us at 703-358-2171.

The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species Program,

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