species of concern: two

Written by  Stinne Storm
Aerial view of habitat of Empidonax Traillii: Willow flycatcher Aerial view of habitat of Empidonax Traillii: Willow flycatcher Stinne Storm


you meet us near water. we love to nest in vegetation along rivers and streams or other wetlands, across the american west we have been listed as endangered since 1995 under the endangered species act. that’s a while ago now, you may think. well, we endure. they say identifying and protecting habitat will help our survival and recovery. that’s what they say.


we are protected from take which means any harming by





or harassing


in winter we migrate from our southwestern breeding grounds further down the americas. in spring we return here just in time for the riparian woodland insects to hatch. oh we gorge ourselves. we — and other insectivorous animals consume huge numbers of insects, including mosquitoes which otherwise could grow out of control. we love the insects, they are crunchy and tasty. by conserving us and protecting our wild places you help ensure the benefits we provide — like grace and beauty, healthy air and water and keeping down the creepy-crawlies.


when you change riparian ecosystems, reduce water flow, alter flood flows — all your physical modifications to watersheds and streams — all this changes things for us as well.


these are the changes from your engineering of the landscape:


the reservoirs

the groundwater depletion 


agriculture developments 


all that you call culture 


we live through this. adapt to this. we are still here. though loss of wintering habitat and stopover places for our migration do seem to take our breath away. adding agri-chemicals and pesticides sure makes it a rough ride. but we fly. we build our nests, breed, incubate and hatch our eggs


we appreciate your designation of critical habitat, identifying areas for conservation of endangered species, yes — though we merely wanted to be birds. just birds, as we are. 


we love to do as birds do

we love trees and shrubs —the willows and boxelder

we love dense riparian understory foliage, from the ground level up to approximately 13 feet


we love dense patches of riparian forests that are interspersed with small openings of water or marsh 

we love how this creates sweet places. of richness

we love richness, a richness of insect 

we don’t need any fixed garden of eden. we are already here — exceeding 


(a richness to share)

(a richness of friends)


the wasps

bees and beetles

butterflies and moths

we love the world as it is

we love it altered too. you humans expect endangered species to transform your designated new habitats into replicas of the ones we lost, and when we do not achieve this exactly, we disappoint you 


—while you have come to perceive your cities as environmental deserts, and the countryside the only proper place for wildlife, nature doesn’t live only where you expect to find it. we see a new wild you see, what you perceive as ecosystems may remain distinct by geology and climate, but we species come and go, according to both human and natural forces. in the oceans you can’t say what is alien and what is not. so it is on land, too — and in the air. we love the air. the air that moves and is


change is the constant

— you see, everyone is visiting. no one is native here.



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