– Death strikes a final blow for the magnificent ivory woodpeckers and 22 other birds, fish and other species, all of which the US administration declared extinct on Wednesday.

It’s a rare step for wildlife scientists to abandon hope for a plant or animal but government scientists say they’re exhausted to find those 23.

And they have warned that on top of other loads, climate change might make such enforced disappearances more frequent, as warming planets increase potential threats to endangering plants and animals.

The ivory-billed woodpecker was possibly the most famous species declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Little is gained and much is lost”John Fitzpatrick

“Little is gained and much is lost” said Cornell University bird biologist John Fitzpatrick, the lead author of a 2005 study which found the woodpecker in Eastern Arkansas.

The true number is estimated to have been much higher because some are never officially identified, and many scientists warn that because vegetation and fauna continue to die out at 1.000 times the rate, Earth is facing a “extinction crisis”

The probability that a freshwater mussel will survive to adulthood is remote, according to Ford of the Wildlife Service, but those who do can live for a hundred years or longer.

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