- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers are making a comeback in Virginia.

The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary said surveys last year found 96 individual birds. That’s the highest level since the early 1980s.

Red-cockaded woodpeckers require old growth pine savannas maintained by fire and their population levels have declined because of a loss of habitat. The bird was listed as endangered in 1970.

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The birds live in the Nature Conservancy’s Piney Grove Preserve and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

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