The Pueblo Chieftainreports that federal wildlife officials and southern Colorado water and government officials have finalized a plan to the southwestern willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo.

The plan aims to protect the birds while allowing farmers and ranchers to avoid more stringent provisions in the Endangered Species Act.

The southwestern willow flycatcher is listed as endangered by the federal government. The yellow-billed cuckoo is a candidate for federal listing.