Rainfall, Water Level, and Wood Stork Data for January 2023

January was relatively dry.

Aerial view of birds nesting in treetops
Zoomed out photo of nesting Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (02/07/2023). Photo: Jacob Zetzer/Audubon

Monthly rainfall totals have been less than average since October. With Wood Storks actively nesting in the Sanctuary this year, we’re hopeful that water levels will fall slowly and steadily enough to support a successful nesting season. Scroll down to see the most recent graphs.

The third Wood Stork survey flight of the 2023 nesting season was conducted yesterday (02/07/2023). Nesting activity was observed at three of the five known colony sites in SWFL. The three sites with activity were BC-29 (west of SR-29, north of Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge), Lenore Island (Caloosahatchee River west of I-75), and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Photos taken also confirm Roseate Spoonbills are nesting at Corkscrew Swamp. Along with Wood Storks and Spoonbills, Great Egrets were observed roosting and nesting in the cypress trees along the Sanctuary’s north marsh.

The fourth flight of the season will take place in early March. 

Graph showing rainfall amounts by day
Rainfall amounts recorded at the Sanctuary daily in January 2023.
A graph showing water levels
Water levels at the Sanctuary for Water Year 23 through February (represented by the red line) compared with the historic water level range for the years 1957 - 1999.

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