U.S. to declare 23 species, including ivory-billed woodpecker, extinct

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(Reuters) – The ivory-billed woodpecker – not officially seen since 1944 and long sought by birders in the American South – is one of 23 species that would be declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a proposal it announced on Wednesday. Government scientists have exhausted efforts to find these 23 bird, fish and other species and warned that climate change and dwindling habitats on top of other pressures, could make such disappearances more common, the service said in a statement. “With climate change and natural area loss pushing more and more species to the brink, now is…

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