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Audubon of Florida Asks For Help Spotting Banded Roseate Spoonbills

Audubon of Florida’s Tavernier Science Center and Florida Coastal Island Sanctuaries
Program are banding Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) chicks in Florida Bay and
Tampa Bay, Florida to learn more about their distribution, behavior and general
ecological requirements.

We hypothesize that Roseate Spoonbills can be biological indicators to assess the
ecological integrity of wetlands and other ecosystems. In Florida, Roseate Spoonbill
numbers are increasing in Tampa Bay while sharply declining in Florida Bay, reflecting
impacts of regional development and water management. Dr. Jerry Lorenz, State
Research Director at Audubon of Florida’s Tavernier Science Center, observes, “Water
management practices destroyed spoonbill nesting efforts by flooding Florida Bay with
water from the Everglades during what should have been the winter drought dry-down.”

Audubon of Florida began banding spoonbill chicks in Florida and Tampa Bay in 2003.
Chicks are fitted with a colored band on the mid-leg (tibia) and a USGS silver band on
the tarsus (just above the foot). Each colored band has a unique letter and number code.
Birds in Tampa Bay are banded with red bands, while birds from Florida Bay have
yellow, white, grey, blue or black bands. We request that observers from the
southeastern United States assist us by reporting banded spoonbill observations.

To report a banded Roseate Spoonbill:\who_tavernier_reportspoonbills.html
Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries Office:

Phone: 1-813-623-6826

Fax: 1-813-623-4086

Ann Hodgson, Ph. D.:

Mark Rachal:

Tavernier Science Center:

Phone: 1- 305-852-5318

Karen Dyer: