SREL Reprint #1180

 

 

 

Malcolm C. Coulter, William D. McCort, and A. Lawrence Bryan, Jr.

 

Abstract

The 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.

Key words:  Artificial habitat, foraging, Georgia, Mycteria americana, South Carolina, Wood Stork

 

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.

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