US de­clares wood storks no longer en­dan­gered

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

TOWNSEND, Ga. (AP) — The Amer­i­can wood stork, a bird sci­en­tists once feared would be ex­tinct by the year 2000, has made such an im­pres­sive come­back that it’s get­ting an of­fi­cial sta­tus up­grade 30 years af­ter first be­ing listed as an en­dan­gered species, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion said Thurs­day.

The tall, bald wad­ing birds that nest in swamps and coastal marshes from Florida to the Caroli­nas are now a “threat­ened” species, a step up that in­di­cates the wood stork is no longer con­sid­ered at risk of extinction, In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Sally Jewell an­nounced dur­ing a visit to Har­ris Neck Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, home to a large wood stork colony on the Ge­or­gia coast.

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