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‘Gone forever’: Woodpecker including 22 other species declared extinct

NEWYORK: The world’s third-largest woodpecker along with 22 other species of birds, fishes, and animals are declared extinct by US wildlife officials as concrete structure, pollution, illegal killing, and captivity are said to be a number of factors that vanished the creatures.

Officials claimed that they’ve exhausted to find these 23 creatures including the ivory-billed woodpecker, which was last seen in Louisiana in 1944, while the yellow-breasted Bachman’s warbler, a migratory bird, and the Kauai O’o among 11 birds were also listed among creatures that were gone forever.

Turgid blossom pearly mussel, Bachman’s warbler, southern acorn shell, upland combshell, bridled white-eye, little Mariana fruit bat, tubercled-blossom pearly mussel, flat pigtoe, Scioto madtom, green-blossom pearly mussel, yellow-blossom pearly mussel, San Marcos gambusia are some of the other species.

Eleven birds, eight freshwater mussels, two fishes, a Guam bat, and a flower from Hawai’i are also said to be declared among 650 of the US species that were lost forever.

Meanwhile, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) raised questions about the working of the US Fish and Wildlife Service which according to nonprofit membership organizations is exceedingly ‘slow’ to protect species. “Many of the species waited more than a decade to receive protections”, a 2016 study cited.

United Nations, in one of its reports, said around 1 million animals and plant species are threatened with extinction, and the numbers are unseen in history while abrupt changes in habitat, global warming, and pollution are key factors that make these animals extinct.

Officials claimed that the extinction of these species is nothing less than a ‘wake-up call’ for humans to take action to prevent extinction. Global warming is making fragile conditions more challenging as it directly ‘threatens’ living organisms on planet earth.

Meanwhile, the proposal to delist these species will be open to the public by the end of this year. Once the period ends, the species status will change become ultimate.

On the other hand, US officials said they would start criminal enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to punish companies responsible for the deaths of some of the birds.

Earlier, it was revealed that large-scale shifts in weather patterns are causing a number of species to ‘shapeshift’ in wake of the warming temperatures.

Author and researcher at Deakin University in Australia Sara Ryding claimed that numerous species are changing over the generations as warmer climates tend to produce creatures with longer limbs and larger appendages.

Animals are ‘shapeshifting’ in response to global warming crisis, study reveals

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Ali TM is a Pakistani journalist, writer and an academician. He has reported and edited for various English print media organizations. Currently he is the Editor in Chief of www.othernews.pk.
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