11 Feb '18, 3am

How America’s Only Native Stork Saved Itself From Extinction https://t.co/YJW9TqEQ90

Scientists have predicted a future in which humans will have to abandon coastal cities in order to survive. When that time comes, we might look to America’s native wood stork, a venturesome species that narrowly evaded extinction by uprooting from its native home in the Everglades and seeking more suitable habitats. In 1984, the big-billed, ungainly, and oddly beguiling black-and-white wood stork was consigned to the federal endangered-species list. Its numbers had plummeted from about 150,000 to about 10,000 by the 1980s, and scientists predicted that by the year 2000, the bird would be completely wiped out. Its habitat in the Everglades—where 70 percent of all wood storks dwelled—had been decimated by development and its nests were failing, or as birds died, simply abandoned. The stork, which stands four feet tall and boasts a regal five-foot wingspan, relies on the uniq...

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