Wood storks (Mycteria americana) have been known to move large distances across their annual range in the southeastern USA, but their seasonal movement patterns had never been quantified. Using a long-term GPS-tracking dataset, we provided the first individual-based description of their movements, which established the status of the population as partially migratory. Partial migration is a common movement strategy for populations inhabiting highly variable and unpredictable environments, of which wetlands are a prime example. Our findings corroborate a growing body of the literature demonstrating the link between spatio-temporal resource dynamics and animal migratory strategies.
Reference: Picardi S., Frederick P. C., Borkhataria R. R. & Basille M. (2020). Wood storks: iconic wetland dwellers in the southeastern USA. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 101:e01693. DOI: 10.1002/bes2.1693