US declares wood storks no longer endangered

US declares wood storks no longer endangered

Posted: Updated:
 TOWNSEND, Ga. (AP) -- The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, is getting a status upgrade 30 years after it was first listed as an endangered species.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Thursday that the federal government is upgrading the wood stork to a "threatened" species -- a step up from endangered that indicates the birds are no longer considered at risk of extinction. She made the announcement at a Georgia wildlife refuge with a large wood stork colony.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates wood storks have increased from roughly 10,000 breeding adults in the 1970s to about 18,000. They nest in wetlands from Florida to the Carolinas.

The Audubon Society says more research should have been done before changing the stork's status.

By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • DA opposing prosecutors' request for mental evaluation in Kenyan sex abuse case

    DA opposing prosecutors' request for mental evaluation in Kenyan sex abuse case

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:58:42 GMT
    Matthew Durham is accused of traveling to Kenya on a mission trip and engaging in sex acts with children.Matthew Durham is accused of traveling to Kenya on a mission trip and engaging in sex acts with children.
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A defense attorney is opposing prosecutors' request for a mental evaluation for a man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A defense attorney is opposing prosecutors' request for a mental evaluation for a man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.
  • Chickasha Police Chief resigns from office

    Chickasha Police Chief resigns from office

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:48:07 GMT
    Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson has officially resigned from office.
    Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson has officially resigned from office.
  • Ferguson protests come to Oklahoma City

    Ferguson protests come to Oklahoma City

    Ferguson protests come to Oklahoma City

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:03:03 GMT
    Protestors continue to take to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, to call for justice for the shooting death of unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown. Now, the protests are coming to Oklahoma.
    Protestors continue to take to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, to call for justice for the shooting death of unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown. Now, the protests are coming to Oklahoma.
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • FOX25 Slideshows

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Compiling list...
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.