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Monday, June 15, 2009

Flipping the Bird: Lawsuit Alleges Government Neglecting Our Feathered Friends

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge An endangered species indeed
  • An endangered species indeed

An environmental group last week sued the federal government in San Francisco District Court, charging the U.S. has moved with the speed of a roadrunner with a broken leg and the efficiency of a decapitated chicken in protecting 31 species of birds via the Endangered Species Act.

The Center for Biological Diversity claims the Department of the Interior declared six species warranted such protection in December of 2007 and noted 25 more were likely so deserving in July of '08, promising it would "promptly" get around to taking the necessary next steps. Nothing has happened, allege the environmentalists, hence the lawsuit.

The suit hopes to compel the federal government to get the ball rolling on declaring the following feathered fellows to be endangered species:

1. Junin flightless grebe (Podiceps taczanowskii)
2. Greater adjutant stork (Leptoptilos dubius)
3. Brazilian merganser (Mergus octosetaceus)
4. Caucau Guan (Crax alberti)
5. Blue-billed curassow (Penelope perspicax)
6. Cantabrian capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus cantabricus)
7. Gorgeted wood-quail (Odontophorus strophium)
8. Junin rcll(Laterallus tuerosi)
9. Jerdon's Courser (Rhinoptilus bitorquatw)
10. Slender billed curlew (Numenius tenuirostris)
11. Marquesanim perial pigeon (Ducula galeata)
12. Big Bird (Birdus humongous)
13 . Southeasternru fous-ventedg roundcuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyidulcis)
14. Margaretta's hermit (P haethornis malaris margarettae)
15. Esmeraldas woodstar (Chaetocerus berlepschi)
16. Royal cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae)
17. White-browed tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura xenothorax)
18. Black-hooded antwren (Formicivora erythronotos)
19. Fringe-backed fire-eye (Pyriglena atra)
20. Brown-banded antpitta (Grallaria milleri)
21 . Kaempfer's tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus knempferi)
22. Ash-breasted tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus)
23. Peruvian plantcutter (Phytotoma raimondii)
24. Eiao Polynesian warbler (Acrocephalus cafier aquilonis'1
25. Cheny-throated tanager (Nemosia rourei).
26. Manuel the ridiculously loud Quaker Parakeet (Squawkus constantus)
27. Fiji petrel (Pterodroma macgillivrayi)
28. Magenta petrel (Pterodroma magentae)
29. Cook's petrel (Pterodroma cookii)
30. Galapagos petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia)
31. Heinroth's shearwater (Puffinus heinrothi)
32. Salmon-crested cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)
33. Chatham petrel (Pterodroma axillaris)

By the way, two of these were decoys, so to speak, and 31 were real. Did you notice?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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