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Local group petitions to add Black Hills Bird to endangered list

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A local group is fighting to add a Black Hills Bird to the endangered species list.
 
During the Prairie Hills Audubon Society meeting Sunday, the goal was to educate and inform the public on the Black Backed Woodpecker.

The Society is one of four groups petitioning the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the woodpecker as endangered.

Duane Short, one of the petitioners, says the Black Backed Woodpecker is specifically adaptive to areas which have been burned by forest fires.

He says suppression of wildfires actually hurts this rare woodpecker, by further limiting it's already small habitat.

 
"Try to encourage folks to think a little bit outside of the box and maybe step back a little bit from thinking about all the possible management techniques for our forest and just look at how nature has managed our forest," says Short.
 
The petition is an in depth scientific study, reviewed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Service then conducts their own study, to see if they should add the species to the list.

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