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Roseate Spoonbills send warning signs about the Florida Everglades


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Photograph by John Huba
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

Audubon Magazine

 

Roger Tory Peterson called it "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds." A century ago plumage hunters drove the Roseate Spoonbill to the edge of oblivion. Now, after decades of painstaking recovery efforts, the bird may again be headed for trouble. As poor water management and development afflict southern Florida, scientists are rushing to reverse recent population declines. 

 

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