Thursday, April 03, 2008

Wood Stork?

I think the big birdie featured in the magnet below is a wood stork. Quite popular in Florida. They have this bird at the Everglades National Park in Florida and they think it is an excellent messenger of the past, present, and future.

Like the wood stork, the Everglades ecosystem is now endangered. Storks were once more abundant in the southern Florida wetlands than in any other region throughout the southeastern states. The wood stork should thrive in the Everglades and Big Cypress because it is a specialized species that does best in tropical and subtropical zones with distinct wet season - dry season climates.

A stork locates food, mostly small fresh water fish, not by sight but by groping with its bill in shallow water. This feeding technique is most effective when water levels are dropping throughout broad marshes as a result of prolonged dry periods, and fish are being concentrated in ever-diminishing pools. Wanna know more? Go here.

Where from: Orlando, Florida
Where now: Office
When: 2005
Who: Izwan
No. 176

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