The U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to declare 23 species extinct on Wednesday, including the ivory-billed woodpecker, an elusive bird that has long been favored by bird watchers throughout the southeastern United States. seeking for.
The New York Times reports that 11 birds, eight freshwater mussels, two fish, one bat and one plant are on the list of extinction. Many of them were likely, or nearly so, extinct until the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973.
The measure aims to provide special protection for rare species on the verge of extinction.
US officials have determined that no amount of conservation will be able to save these particular species.
Fish and wildlife species taxonomy expert Bridget Fahey told the Times, “Each of these 23 species represent a permanent loss to our nation’s natural heritage and global biodiversity. And it’s a grim reminder that extinctions are human-caused.” The result of environmental change.”
Wildlife experts cite habitat loss, usually due to human activities, as the top driver of species extinctions. Farming, logging, mining and taming take habitat from the animals, while also reducing pollution and poaching numbers.
US government scientists do not declare extinction by accident. It often takes decades of fruitless pursuits. About half of the species in this group were already considered extinct by the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global authority on the state of animals and plants.
US Fish and Wildlife Service officials move more slowly, as it is working through a backlog, but also to end all efforts to follow up on reports of sightings.
In the case of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, there have been several unconfirmed reports of both seeing and hearing its distinctive calls in the wild, the large, colorful red, white and black bird with a large beak and head feathers.
The US broadcaster National Public Radio reports that the IUCN is not listing the bird as extinct because they believe it may still be present in parts of Cuba.
Some of the information in this report was provided by the Associated Press and Reuters news organizations.