This federally threatened wading bird can be found year-round throughout the state. Several well-established rookeries exist, the largest being at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in south Florida. The number and timing of the stork nesting season depends on local water levels, and in drought years, Wood Storks will not breed. They prefer to feed in shallow water where there is a heavy concentration of food, such as fish. Outside of the nesting season, Wood Storks become nomadic and can be found almost anywhere with freshwater habitats.
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Wood Storks prefer open wetlands (e.g. marshes and ponds) for foraging, but choose forested wetlands (e.g. swamps) for nesting.