- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials will spend $3 million to make a San Diego County habitat more hospitable to an endangered songbird.

Biologists and local conservation groups are restoring native cottonwoods, willows and sycamore along the San Dieguito River near Rancho Santa Fe, in hopes of luring the Southwestern Willow flycatcher to nest there.

The U-T San Diego newspaper reported Wednesday that (https://bit.ly/1MGBNJY ) the program is also aimed at helping local farmers improve their conservation practices to restore habitat for the small, water-loving flycatcher.

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates total numbers of flycatcher territories at 1,299 nationwide - with 77 of those in San Diego County.

The newspaper says it is one of the most endangered birds in North America.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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