The preserve is home to endangered and threatened species that include the American oystercatcher, bald eagle, black skimmer and wood stork
. As part of Stantec's role, the team provided site assessment, planning, engineering design, permitting and construction phase services for Phases I and II of the project involving passive recreation, ecological restoration and habitat creation.
A wood stork
, for example, is an impressive bird--easily recognized, stout curved bill, white plumage trimmed in black.
These species include the little blue heron, tricolored heron, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, American oystercatcher, black skimmer, least tern and snowy plover (state threatened species) and the piping plover, red knot, roseate tern, and wood stork
(federally-listed under the Endangered Species Act).
Last June, as Oberhofer was climbing the islet's trees to access birds for mercury testing, she saw a snake as fat as a football curled on an empty wood stork
nest--a Burmese python.
This became reality in 2010 when Florida Panther Conservation Bank II (Panther II) was formally approved to provide habitat compensation for the panther and the federally threatened wood stork
The campus now accommodates various birds including Cattle Egret, Bald Eagle, Wood Stork
, White Ibis and Flamingo.
Invisible at eighty beats a second or The unmoving wings of a wood stork
But, thanks to Capt Steve's beady eyes, we were lucky to spot the rare wood stork
, resting in the
While the recuperation of Indian River County's portion of the lagoon will be helpful to a variety of parties, the endangered Wood Stork
might be getting the most out of the Egret Marsh Stormwater Park.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Prothonotary Warbler, Least Bittern, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Wood Stork
and Painted Bunting are just some of the birds that draw wildlife connoisseurs.
One immediate and significant benefit of the agreement was that the District paid $10 million towards the purchase of 8,450 acres (3,420 hectares) that at the time were home to the second largest wood stork
colony in northeast Florida.