For some species, population declines have been so drastic and the future has become so uncertain that quick and decisive action must be taken to avert their extinction. As the last stand against losing biodiversity forever, conservation biologists must take on the exhausting and expensive task of replenishing wild stocks from captive populations.
The Sutton Center was founded with the primary purpose of saving birds and their natural world, and a major expertise of ours is the captive propagation and rearing of endangered bird species. Our efforts were central to the recovery of breeding Bald Eagle populations in Oklahoma and the southern United States.
Following our success with Bald Eagles, we have turned our focus toward the recovery of imperiled gallinaceous birds such as the Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken and the Masked Bobwhite … both of which have largely disappeared from the American landscape and are now teetering at the edge of extinction.
We strive toward a time when these species have stable populations in the wild and, in a way, we continuously work to put ourselves out of a job. Yet with so many species facing threats around the globe, by saving these species we can turn our expertise to another endangered species and work tirelessly to pull it back from the brink of extinction as well. There will always be hope at the Sutton Center!