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Vt. environmental group to sue feds for failing to protect bird

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A Vermont environmental group plans to sue the federal government for failing to protect the Bicknell's thrush.

The rare songbird breeds only on mountaintops in the Northeast. The Center for Biological Diversity says the birds' survival is threatened by climate change. The group petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2010 to protect the Bicknell's thrush by placing it on the endangered species list. But the group claims the agency has failed to act on the petition in the time allowed by law.

"Well, it's very disappointing and also very concerning because the species is in a lot of trouble and scientists predict that its habitat is going to be disappearing dramatically with climate change," said Mollie Matteson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The group filed intent to sue Tuesday, and by law, will be able to take legal action in 60 days.

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