US to declare ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more species extinct

US to declare ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more species extinct

Factors behind disappearances include too much development, water pollution, logging and competition from invasive species

The ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species are expected to be declared extinct by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday.

It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists have exhausted efforts to find these 23 species and warned that the climate crisis, on top of other pressures, could make such disappearances more common.

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