At a ceremony on a beautiful summer day at Harris Neck NWR yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the wood stork (Mycteria americana
) has been down-listed from Endangered to Threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. This action reflects the marked increase in nesting pairs and colonies observed over the past 30 years. Harris Neck NWR supports the largest colony in Georgia.
This is a real success story for the efforts to save this magnificent bird from what was once thought to be almost certain extinction.
For more info, check out today's Savannah Morning News article.