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Re: NFC: endangered species

Eagles sort of yes, Peregrines no.

The Bald Eagles partially give thanks to protected
nesting sites, but equally to licensed
falconers/rehabbers who have done captive breeding and
hacked young ones back to the wild.

The Peregrine owes most of its recovery to the efforts
of falconers/rehabbers working with several private
and/or university projects. I was there.

The Peregrine Fund had one of its main captive
sites at Cornell, under two profs who did basic
research on nesting of falcons, captive rearing, etc
with the aid of students and volunteer falconers, and
rehabbers, mostly falconers. As a grad student at Ohio
State I spent a full weekend a month at Cornell
working a hard 60 hr shift through winter and nesting

This was a combo program wherin mainly 'civilian'
volunteers worked closely with fed and state people
who didnt have the manpower, budgets or funding to get
it done. The Peregrine Fund is still largely volunteer
funded. Further the basic work in captive breeding of
raptors in NA is done by private individuals. 

The same procedures could as is pointed out in the
post below assure the survival of any number of
endangered or threatened species. 


--- Fully Prepared <departmentus at yahoo_com> wrote:
> --- "R.J. Rogers" <minnowman56 at hotmail_com> wrote:
> > I would like to know if anyone in the NFC is
> keeping
> > and breeding any
> > endangerd species. I would think that would be a
> > major goal of the
> > organization since these species need all the help
> > they can get and we all 
> > know how useless the Endangered Species Act is
> when
> > it comes to bringing 
> > these species back from the brink. How many
> species
> > has the government 
> > saved??? What a joke this program is. These fish
> > belong in hobbyist tanks 
> > where they will get TLC and not trample on private
> > property rights. The NFC 
> I am afraid that the ESA has actually worked for
> species. Bald eagles and peregrine falcons are now
> in
> much better shape. But it is really habitat
> preservation that is the issue. Devils Hole Pupfish
> only live in one spring. If that spring is lowered
> because of groundwater pumping the fish disappear.
> That almost happened in the 1970s. But the Supreme
> Court ruled in the fish's favor under the ESA. Many
> think that is trampling property rights. But the
> habitat was preserved. It is now owned by the
> horrible
> US government. And the fish survive. A bad outcome?
> Boo Radley, Saraland, Alabama
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