Bicknell's Thrush Will Not Be Listed Under the Federal Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that Bicknell’s Thrush should not be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision is now available in the Federal Register:

While it is likely that the Bicknell's Thrush will continue to face some losses rangewide, data suggest that the species will most likely continue to occupy much of its historic breeding habitat. Even though changes in climate and loss of wintering habitat are considered threats for the species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that these impacts are not significant enough to place the Bicknell's Thrush in danger of extinction for the next 30 years. 

Vermont is host to a robust population of Bicknell's Thrush, which occupy montane forested habitats. The greatest threats that Vermont Bicknell's Thrush face are recreational/ski area development, telecommunication tower construction, wind power development, acid and mercury deposition, and climate change. 

Biologists from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies have been studying Vermont's population of Bicknell's Thrush for the past 20 years and have found the state's population to be relatively stable and possibly increasing.  For more information see

Adult Bicknell's Thrush Photo: Garth McElroy/VIREO

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