Three-decade-long conservation effort to preserve the population of wood stork has been successful. Owing to this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday of changing the status of the large American wading bird from endangered to threatened category.
In 1984, the federal officials found the bird population to be declining by 5% a year and added it in the list of endangered species. A ceremony was organized at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in South Georgia.