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Everglades wading birds have a banner nesting season, thanks to heavy rains


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Late damp season rains and a hurricane in 2021 produced a banner year for Everglades wading birds, according to the latest tally by the South Florida Water Management District.

Across the extensive marshes, from water sanctuary in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, to Everglades National Park, the variety of nests counted in the 2021 season rose previous 100,000. That’s similar to nesting in the 1930s and 1940s, the report said, when drain work had actually simply started throughout the mashes.

The number is the 2nd greatest considering that counting started.

Wading birds prosper when there’s a great deal of water, followed by a fast drydown that swimming pools prey in simple to fish locations so the birds can feed their chicks. That’s precisely what took place leading into the 2021 nesting season. Rainfall rose in October. Then Tropical Storm Eta dropped more than 20 inches of rain over the Everglades in November.

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That caused the 2nd greatest nest depend on record. The 2018 season, the year after Hurricane Irma soaked South Florida, stays the greatest.

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South Florida Water Management District

Wading bird nesting throughout water sanctuary and Everglades National Park in the 2021 nesting season was the 2nd high considering that counting started in 1996. The greatest year, 2018, had about 37,000 more nests and were dispersed in approximately the very same locations.

The South Florida Water Management District has actually been tracking wading bird nesting considering that 1996 as a method to determine Everglades health. Nesting birds showing historical water patterns, prior to the Everglades were dammed and drained pipes.

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South Florida Water Management District


The 2018 nesting season, which holds the records for nests, likewise followed a damp rainy season after Hurricane Irma soaked South Florida.

Beginning in August 2020, water supervisors started moving more water into the park as they continue dealing with bridging parts of the Tamiami Trail and setting up culverts.

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But while that work assisted some birds — white ibises grew — others consisting of snowy egrets stayed stagnant.

As a transcript, the bird counts have actually revealed that over twenty years when there’s heavy rain or much better water management, the birds have actually reacted, specifically in seaside locations. The report concluded that up until now remediation work has actually not been “powerful enough to nudge the timing of nesting, the ratio of tactile forages [including roseate spoonbills and woodstorks], or the numbers of nesting snowy egrets further.”

For continual general enhancements, the report alerts, complete remediation requires to be accomplished.

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