The wood stork is our Goldilocks species for Great…

The wood stork is our Goldilocks species for Greater Everglades, including Big Cypress, Restoration. In terms of Quantity, Distribution, and Timing the seasonal water rise and fall of water levels must be just right for successful nesting and raising of young. There are two reasons: 1. The wood stork has the longest time from courting to fledging young of any wading bird; and 2. The live prey, mainly fish, must be very dense in seasonally shrinking pools for the stork to get enough food to feed its growing young. Its groping feeding, with bill slightly open, is efficient only when prey are concentrated.

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