Bicknell’s thrush  Catharus bicknelli
ESA status: petitioned for listing

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In 2010, WildEarth Guardians’ wide-ranging legal settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved protections forward for 251 candidate species and set deadlines for many other decisions. The settlement included a deadline for the Service to make a long-overdue preliminary finding on a petition to list the Bicknell’s thrush under the Endangered Species Act; the Service granted the petition and is now reviewing the species for listing.

photo credit: Aaron Maizlish, creative commons license, flickr