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Mountaintop Species
The Fresno Bee, August 25, 2010

Group seeks protection for 4 species
By The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An environmental group is seeking federal protections for four mountain top species that it says are being threatened by climate change.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed petitions Tuesday for the white-tailed ptarmigan, a bird found in New Mexico and other Rocky Mountain states; Bicknell's thrush, a songbird found in the northeastern U.S.; the San Bernardino flying squirrel and the 'I'iwi (E-e-vee), a native Hawaiian bird.

The group's endangered species program director, Noah Greenwald, says climate change will have disproportionate impacts on species that live at higher elevations because they will have no where to go.

He says mountain areas are already seeing reduced snowpack and earlier spring runoff.

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