The Midwest lost two species to extinction, and humans are largely to blame

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently declared 23 species, including birds, freshwater mussels and a flower, extinct. Two of those species — the ivory-billed woodpecker and the tubercled-blossom pearly mussel — used to find habitat in the Midwest.

Both species were driven to extinction in different ways, but human disruption of their habitats is the undeniable underlying cause.

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