Rare Wood Stork No Longer Endangered

June 27, 2014 2:55 PM

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The American wood stork, once a species on the brink of extinction, has now made such an impressive comeback after 30 years of conservation efforts that it is no longer considered endangered, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.

These tall wading birds that nest in Southeast swamps, from Florida to the Carolinas, now don the less serious "threatened" label, given that the goal of a five-year average of 10,000 nesting pairs has not yet been reached, the agency said.

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