Roseate spoonbill nesting low
- PLANTATION KEY — Declining numbers of bird nests for a species that indicates the health of the southern Everglades and Florida Bay has Audubon scientists saying the ecosystem is suffering signs of ecological collapse.
For years, fishermen and conservationists have warned state and federal officials about the number of algae blooms and have questioned the amount of water and its quality coming out of the Everglades.
This year, Audubon scientists observed the worst nesting season for roseate spoonbills since the 1960s, when the species was finally rebounding from decades of plume hunting. Only 292 nests have been identified this nesting season, down 37 percent from last year, Audubon of Florida State Science Director Jerry Lorenz said.