23 species have gone extinct. These Arizona animals could be next

By Mark Brodie
Published: Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 1:18pm
Updated: Friday, October 1, 2021 - 9:26am

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The federal government has declared 23 species officially extinct; the Ivory-billed woodpecker may be the most known of the group.

And John Wiens says these likely won’t be the last species to disappear from the planet.

Wiens is an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Arizona.

The Show spoke with him to learn how common or uncommon is it for the government to make this kind of announcement.

ivory-billed woodpecker
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The Ivory-billed woodpecker was last seen in April 1944, and was listed as an endangered species in 1967.

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