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The piping plover is a tiny bird, about the size of a parakeet. (Photo courtesy of the USFWS)

The Endangered Species Act protects plants and animals that are on the brink of extinction. The American Bald Eagle and the Timber Wolf are examples of animals that have recovered because of the Act. But, some conservative members of Congress think the Endangered Species Act goes too far. They say the law often stands in the way of economic progress and private property rights. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush has this story:

The Endangered Species Act

Find out how many and what species are endangered in your area

Read a summary of Richard Pombo's bill (.pdf)

Producer: Mark Brush
Release Date: July 18, 2005
Running Time: 4:24

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