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NJ Looks To Add Species To Endangered List

Red Knot - File / Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Red Knot – File / Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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TRENTON, NJ (AP) - New Jersey environmental officials want to add five species to the state’s endangered list and reclassify the bald eagle and seven other types of birds.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports it’s the first time in eight years the state Environmental Protection Department has suggested changing the registry.

The species that could be added are the petaltail dragonfly, Indiana bat and three types of birds: the black rail, golden-winged warbler and red knot.

The department wants to reclassify eight birds. They would be considered endangered only during certain times of year – such as their breeding seasons. They would be considered threatened at other times.

The state is taking public comment until March 19 before the plan is implemented.

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