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Two tricolored heron. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced that it will write rules to govern the killing of wild birds, revoking a Trump administration policy that eased penalties for companies that caused birds' deaths that could have been avoided, AP reports.

Why it matters: The announcement comes on the same day that the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 22 animals, including 11 birds, are now extinct.

Driving the news: The Biden administration will also implement stronger enforcement against companies that are responsible for deaths of wild birds that could have been prevented, per AP.

  • More than 1,000 North American bird species are covered by the treaty, including fast-flying peregrine falcons, tiny songbirds and more than 20 owl species.

The big picture: The Trump administration's reinterpretation of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act "relaxed legal penalties for energy companies, construction firms and land developers that unintentionally killed birds through activities such as construction and oil drilling," per the Washington Post.

The Biden administration's announcement drew immediate criticism from the oil industry, which has raked in some of the most high-profile prosecutions under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, AP notes.

  • "This is not a case of punishing 'bad actors,' but rather a situation where companies are set up for failure," said Mallori Miller, vice president of public relations of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, per WashPost.

What they're saying: "We’ve lost almost 3 billion birds in the last 50 years," Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assistant director for migratory birds, said, per AP.

  • "We want to create a common sense approach that works to both conserve birds and provide regulatory certainty to industry."

Go deeper: U.S. declares more than 20 species extinct after exhaustive searches

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Bird Man laid to rest

Zoologist Ralph T. Heath with rescued pelican at the Suncoast Bird Sanctuary in Indian Shores in 1996. Photo: State Archives of Florida

Writer Pete Gallagher offered us a few kind words about Ralph Heath, who built the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores into the largest nonprofit wild bird hospital in the United States. Heath died earlier this month at 76.

They buried Ralph Heath on a sunny cool Friday afternoon at Sylvan Abbey, after an open casket viewing before enviro-friends and family. Heath was the first to breed permanently injured brown pelicans — removing them from endangered status across the world.

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Nor'easter slams East Coast with flooding rain and powerful winds

A residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater from the nor'easter covers streets in New Jersey on Tuesday. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Blinken speaks with Sudan prime minister after his release

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.