In 1984 the wood stork was teetering towards extinction. Since that time it has made a remarkable comeback in Florida and much of the south. This is due in large part to the Endangered Species Act which turns 50 this year. Restoration of their habitat has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to request removing them from the Endangered Species List. "This iconic species has rebounded because dedicated partners in the Southeast have worked tirelessly to restore ecosystems, such as the Everglades, that support it," said Shannon Estenoz, assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.

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