Finding Wood Stork Habitat and Conserving the Right Features

Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) are important wetland indicators and are listed as Endangered in the southeastern United States. This project was designed to update the nesting dataset for storks, and to help establish criteria for identifying and prioritizing existing and future Wood Stork colony habitat. In this research, we examined possible criteria by comparing attributes of Wood Stork colonies (e.g., vegetation, physiographic, land use, and hydrological characteristics) that lasted many years, with those that winked out after only a few years, using an occupancy analysis framework. With a 41-year record of colonies history, our goal was to make the resulting data and GIS information directly usable by permitting, conservation and land planning agencies, NGOs, and others interested in Wood Stork conservation.

Here, you can find links to our final report for the project, which outlines in detail the methods and the results of the study. It's worth taking a look at least at the 5-page Executive Summary in the final report, which will give you a quick look without investing too much time.

The dataset link below is open access and we encourage use with acknowledgement of the source. These data come from numerous sources, and the data transformation were selective for this study. It's therefore very important when using these products to understand their source and genesis - so feel free to contact us, and we'll be glad to help.

Dr. Jo-Szu (Ross) Tsai

Dr. Peter Frederick

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