Roseate Spoonbills Send Warning Signs About the Florida Everglades

Roseate Spoonbills Send Warning Signs About the Florida Everglades

Decades after they staged a major comeback from plume hunting, one of the world's most bizarre and beautiful birds is struggling in South Florida. Does this spell trouble for the entire Everglades ecosystem?

By Rene Ebersole/Photography by John Huba
Published: May-June 2013
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What a wasted effort to

What a wasted effort to submit something positive and so simple.

I saw a young Roseate

I saw a young Roseate Spoonbill on the Country Club of Miami golf course on Oct. 5th and 6th. I've lived here for over 20 years and always observe the wildlife on the ground, in the trees and in the water. I've never seen this bird here. I've also never seen this bird anywhere since I was in the Everglades when I was a kid --- until now.

Terrible this bird and others

Terrible this bird and others like it were killed for its feathers.Thank God those days are over.Too bad animals are still being killed for their furs.

Don't the federal Native and

Don't the federal Native and Migratory Bird Acts protect the Spoonbill and other Shore Bird populations from the Florida mitigation efforts? Teddy Roosevelt enacted these federal laws to protect the very birds the state of Florida is annhialating with their antiquated water resource management. I have written several letters to stop this practice, is there something more expedient we can do to stop the flooding of rookeries?

Love birds

Love birds

Thanks for share

Thanks for share

I used to see them regularly

I used to see them regularly on the trail just east of Naples and I hope they re still frequenting the Big Cypress

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing this very interesting article about Spoonbills. It would be a tragedy to loose these beautiful creatures due to the improper care of the Everglades. I find the release of tropical snakes in the Everglades very alarming too. I hope none of them are responsible for the demise of the Spoonbills. This all goes to show what a mess man can make by not understanding their surroundings.

Terrible this bird and others

Terrible this bird and others like it were killed for its feathers.Thank God those days are over.Too bad animals are still being killed for their furs.

What a wasted effort to

What a wasted effort to submit something positive and so simple.

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