Group settles over protection for rare bird

An environmental group has reached a settlement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service over endangered species status for a rare migratory songbird that nests on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks, and eastern Canada. The Center for Biological Diversity said climate change threatens to destroy the habitat of the Bicknell’s thrush. The group had sued the federal agency when it did not meet a deadline this year to decide on whether the sparrow-sized bird should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Monday’s settlement gives the agency four years to decide on protection status for the bird.