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Mexican experts and authorities create a working party looking for the conservation of the Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi)

By Will Morris septiembre 4, 2007
Xenospiza baileyi
Xenospiza baileyi

In March 2007, a technical meeting was carried out to assess the current status of the known populations of the Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi) and discussed potential coordinated actions needed to avoid its extinction .

In March, 2007, attending to an invitation from NABCI México, a technical meeting was carried out with the participation of biologists and technical staff from several local and federal government institutions such as the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) through the Dirección General de Vida Silvestre (Wildlife General Office), the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), Commission for Natural resources in Mexico City (CORENA), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Commission for knowledge and use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) and NGO’s (Naturalia A.C. and Pronatura A.C.). The group assessed the current status of the known populations of the Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi), and discussed potential coordinated actions needed to avoid the extinction of this Mexican endemic bird species, that is restricted to sub-alpine open grasslands in the state of Durango and the vicinity of Mexico D.F. The species is seriously threatened due mainly to habitat loss and fragmentation caused by human activities and fires. The group has continued working to define and develop a coordinated conservation plan emphasizing the participation of the local communities living or owning the land where the remaining habitat of the sparrow occurs.

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