FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) A rare Texas songbird that was placed on the endangered species list three decades ago is no longer threatened, thanks in part to a partnership between conservationists and Fort Hood on whose training ranges the bird flourishes.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that the black-capped vireo will be removed from the endangered species list.
The bird was placed on the list in 1987.
At that time, only about 350 adult birds were known to exist in the U.S. and Mexico, about half of them on Fort Hood.
Protecting the bird’s habitat on post meant imposing some restrictions on training.
Today the black-capped vireo population is estimated at 14,000, and the largest and most stable population is on Fort Hood.
The agency plans to monitor the bird for the next 12 years to make sure it’s numbers continue to grow.