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Wading bird utilization of Lake Okeechobee marshes, 1977-1981 [electronic resource] /

[West Palm Beach, Fla.] : South Florida Water Management District, Environmental Sciences Division, Resource Planning Dept.,
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  • Ciconiiformes
  • Birds
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Agricultural Science


The regulation schedule for Lake Okeechobee was raised to 15.5-17.5 ft msl in 1978 to provide additional water storage capacity for increasing agricultural and urban needs in south Florida. A five year study to document the effects of these increased water levels on wading bird use of the lake marshes was implemented in 1977. Monthly surveys were conducted from January 1977 through September 1981 spanning a variety of lake stage conditions which ranged from highs exceeding 17.5 ft in 1978 and 1979 to the record low of 9.76 ft msl in 1981.

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