Open Spaces: Wood Storks Take a Step Back From The Edge

Wood Storks Take a Step Back From The Edge

By Brynn Walling, USFWS

Wood storks are walking back from the edge.

The majority of the birds’ nesting is done throughout Florida.

This stork ranges from North Carolina, west through Mississippi. It can also be found in Georgia, South Carolina, and of course Florida.

woodstorkA wood stork and its chick. (Photo: USFWS)

But, that wasn’t always the case!

The stork was originally listed as endangered in 1984. At that time the stork could only be found in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

Over the years conservation efforts have expanded the range of the stork. Partners, such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s, have developed programs that help restore wetlands in Florida.

Between the various projects and partners, the wood stork has been brought back from the brink of extinction. Get the full story here.

Learn more about the threatened and endangered wildlife in Florida and the conservation efforts currently underway to conserve them.

Each week, throughout this ruby anniversary year of the Endangered Species Act, we’ll highlight stories of conservation success in every state across the country. Stay tuned!

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Last updated: June 21, 2012