|SREL Reprint #1180|
C. Coulter, William D. McCort, and A. Lawrence Bryan, Jr.
United States breeding population of Wood Storks (Mycteria americana)
has decreased over the last 30 years, and in 1984 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service listed that population as endangered.
The decrease in numbers has been attributed largely to loss of foraging
habitat. When the U.S. Department
of Energy decided to restart the –Reactor at the Savannah River Plant, there
was concern that cooling water from this reactor would increase the water level
in the Steel Creek delta and make this area unavailable to foraging Wood Storks.
To replace the potentially lost foraging habitat, fourteen ha of ponds
were created at the site of Kathwood Lake on the National Audubon Society’s
Silver Bluff Sanctuary in 1985. These
ponds were stocked with aquatic prey, and managed specifically for Wood Storks.
We discuss the patterns of visitation of storks and other wading birds to
the artificial ponds. Wood Storks
foraged on the ponds for over two months. A
maximum of 97 storks were counted at the ponds at one time.
habitat, foraging, Georgia, Mycteria americana, South Carolina,
SREL Reprint #1180
Coulter, M.C., W.D. McCort, and A.L. Bryan Jr. 1987. Creation of artificial foraging
habitat for wood storks. Colonial Waterbirds 10:203-210.