At Long Last, Woodlands Protected for Puerto Rican Songbird
The Center for Biological Diversity began our campaign to save the elfin-woods warblers of Puerto Rico in 2004. Finally — 16 years and many filings later — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated critical habitat for the tiny birds: more than 27,000 acres.
The black-and-white, trilling songbirds were discovered in the 1970s in El Yunque's high-mountain dwarf, or "elfin," forests — so named because strong winds and thin soil on the peaks keep the trees small.
"The designation is a great step in the right direction," said Jaclyn Lopez, the Center's Florida director. "This beautiful little warbler needs a buffer against the increasingly intense storms that plow through the island."
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