January 10, 2013
Photo by Suzanne Langridge, USGS
The endangered southwestern willow flycatcher is a small neo-tropical, migratory songbird that breeds in the riparian cottonwood, willow and tamarisk forest along southwestern streams. The USFWS recently increased their critical habitat to include 1,227 miles of stream bank.
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Twenty years ago, the very mention of critical habitat designation in the Verde Valley for endangered species brought throngs of angry residents to meetings.