The reddish egret ( Egretta rufescens ) is a medium-sized heron . It is a resident breeder in Central America , The Bahamas , the Caribbean , the Gulf Coast of the United States , and Mexico .  There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range. In the past, this bird was a victim of the plume trade .
The Reddish Egret International Working Group seeks to develop, support, and implement range-wide research and management efforts that promote the conservation of Reddish Egret and their habitats through individual and partnership-based initiatives guided by recommendations of the Working Group’s membership.