Biologists ask members of the public to share sightings of wood stork colonies to increase our knowledge of the species’ nesting population and distribution.
The wood stork is the only species of stork that breeds in the U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the wood stork as endangered because of declines in its range and numbers. It is important to determine the location of wood stork nesting colonies so scientists can accurately gauge the current nesting population and its distribution. This will help them evaluate the status of the species in Florida. But FWC biologists cannot locate every wood stork nesting colony by themselves, especially small, isolated colonies and those on private lands. That’s why they rely on the public to report sightings of wood stork nesting colonies. Biologists recommend remaining a minimum of 100 yards away from a wood stork colony and using binoculars for observation. Approaching a colony can cause the adults to abandon their nests, which can expose the eggs and baby birds to temperature stress, predators and falls from the nest.
Report a Wood Stork colony
To report a wood stork colony, please email the date of the sighting, the location of the colony, a general habitat description and your contact information to FWC biologists at Storks@MyFWC.com.
Questions about the Wood Storks
Email your questions about wood stork behavior and conservation to Storks@MyFWC.com.
Report a Wildlife Violation
If you suspect a wildlife law violation, report it to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Program at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or visit the Wildlife Alert Program Web page for more information.