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Wood storks are tagged with GPS satellite transmitters
Southeast Region, July 1, 2005
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The Service, in collaboration with the University of Florida – Gainesville, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, and in partnership with Disney and the Miami Zoo, recently tagged adult wood storks with high-tech GPS, solar satellite transmitters. Storks were captured with rocket nets during the summer in Florida, at Harris Neck NWR, GA, and Noxubee NWR in MS. The GPS transmitters will allow the researchers from the Univ. of Florida to track adult wood stork movements. These high-end transmitters periodically broadcast the location of the birds to an accuracy of 20 feet. The project is examining adult survivorship and movements of the endangered wood storks between nesting colonies and summer feeding sites further north and west into Alabama and Mississippi. The Jacksonville ES office has the lead in recovery of the storks and has worked closely with the biologists at Harris Neck NWR and Noxubee NWR for capture of storks. The satellite tags should remain active on the birds for 5-7 years.

Contributed by David Richardson, Wildlife Biologist Noxubee NWR

No contact information available. Please contact Larry Dean, 612-713-5313, larry_dean@fws.gov
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