Bird lives in particular habitat that is being threatened.
 

By MIKE NORTH

A bird that was once bountiful around Merced County and other parts of North America is in the initial stages of becoming listed as endangered or threatened, as its numbers have dropped to fewer than 300 pairs in California.

Two environmental protection organizations — the John Muir Project and the Center for Biological Diversity — are leading the charge to help protect the black-backed woodpecker.

The species usually lives in burned-off forests where most of the trees have been killed, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The bird depends on burned trees for food and nest sites.

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