Migratory songbird will not be added to endangered species list

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX)- A migratory songbird that summers over in our region will not be put on the endangered species list.

Local scientists were petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add Bicknell's Thrush to the list.

A press release from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Wednesday says it is not warranted at this time.

“Although the species does not meet the statutory definition of threatened or endangered, we recognize the environmental challenges it faces and are actively working with our partners to conserve the bird throughout its range in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean,” said Paul Phifer, Service assistant Northeast Region director.

Scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity disagree.

Mollie Matteson, a senior scientist, said in a previous interview with WCAX that the bird needed to be added to the endangered species list to help address major threats to it's health.

She says they'll be looking closely at the decision and if they decide information was overlooked, they could pursue legal action.

Bicknell's Thrush was one of 24 other species that did not get the add.