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USFWS designates nearly 300,000 ac of critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday a designation of protected land across seven states meant to conserve populations of the yellow-billed cuckoo, a songbird that nests in the southwestern U.S. as it migrates between South America and the U.S.

In a news release, Fish and Wildlife said that 298,845 acres across portions of Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Idaho, New Mexico and Utah would be listed as critical habitat areas where the bird is protected.

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