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The critical habitat designation of the endangered willow flycatcher is the topic of a public hearing to be held Aug. 16 in Globe.

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Willow Flycatcher: Still singing the blues

A little bird that casts a big shadow doesn’t need quite as much critical habitat as thought, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has concluded. The USFWS recently announced it has excluded about 900 miles of streams from the restrictive, critical habitat designation — leaving a total of about 2,100 miles of stream front throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

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