This study is controversial and not everybody buys into it given how extrapolated it was based on aerial photos of possible habitat etc ...While it has an amazing amount of data and maybe is good with a lot of effort was put into it, some are not sure it makes the cut. There are those that would like to know who really backed the funding for this it seems. Can't say that I agree or disagree with the report nor do I have the answers for sure, just saying it has its critics, this I know first hand but am not going to provide that info publicly or privately as the report may be challenged by those far more knowledgeable than I. This is just an FYI If this single study, as a stand alone effort, leads toward a USFWS de-listing, then a lot of folks may have reason be concerned. BTW TPWD recently held a meeting to discuss potential birds to be considered as threatened on the state level...I am not here to share that list but it should be made public after the report is complete and the TPW Commissioners etc. have a chance to review it....What the TPWD and USFWS do are seperate issues as always...I am not sure the TPWD can add or subtract any species from the endangered list but they can modify the lists of SOC in the state for any flora or fauna. Also your link does not take one to the article or the paper, but I am just presuming the report you are referring to is the Morrison. B On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Charles W. Easley <cwebirds@xxxxxxx> wrote: > ** > All Texas birders: > > The work of the past 40-50 years by concerned Texas birders and > conservation people may be paying off. A & M researchers calculate the > rangewide population of male Golden > Cheeked Warblers in Texas at a shade over 263,000. Previous surveys > counted roughly 9,000 to 54,000 birds. To understand the survey better and > read about the findings of the > Fish and Wildlife Service see > http://www.statesman.com/news/local/a-m-study-places-golden-cheeked-warbler. > > This, I believe, proves in part, that the bird is in better shape, number > wise, than we thought. And my friend, Warren Pulich, now passed, would be > excited about the findings of the > survey. We can make a difference by the things we preserve and protect. > > Charles Easley > Life Member TOS > cwebirds@xxxxxxx > -- Brush Freeman Independent and affiliated Field Biologist 361-655-7641 http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/ Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas The greatest musician of all time is mother nature.