Habitat loss and changes in water flows in the Everglades have contributed to an 85-90% population decrease of wading birds. Audubon of Florida has been monitoring Roseate Spoonbills for over 75 years, and began banding the birds in Tampa Bay and Florida Bay in 2003. Re-sightings of banded individuals help us better understand where birds disperse to find feeding grounds, as well as the age at which they mature and their longevity. This knowledge helps us better protect Roseate Spoonbills and restore habitats that are important to their future.
If you observe a banded Spoonbill, become a citizen scientist by reporting your sighting to Audubon. Photos of banded individuals, such as this, are especially helpful for our scientists to better understand the habitats the birds are utilizing. Know someone who likes to watch birds or is often around shallow mangrove, wetland, or other natural habitats? Make sure they know to look closely for banded Roseate Spoonbills, and to report them! Instructions for submitting photos can be found on the easy-to-use online submission form.
Thank you for helping us help Roseate Spoonbills!