Wood Storks' Declining Population
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.
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.