FPL | Wood Storks' Declining Population

Wood Storks' Declining Population

Well-being indicator

Wood storks usually live for at least 10 years, but mortality is high during the first year as the newly fledged young learn to fend for themselves. The birds also face an array of such man-made perils as pesticides and collisions with structures.

The decline of the wood stork, however, is largely attributed to poor reproduction caused by an inadequate food supply. The lack of food is caused by the disruption and drainage of wetlands and unsuitable water management practices.

In addition, favorable nesting sites are becoming scarce. Many birds now nest in man-made impoundments managed for other purposes. This makes them less reliable for rookeries.

Well-being indicator

The well-being of the wood stork is an indicator of the health of our wetlands. The loss of these majestic birds would signal the disruption of a valuable Florida environment.