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reintroducing the species

Southern bird lovers pin hope on new storks

Published torsdag 26 juli 2012 kl 19.18
Storks in the Skåne region. Photo: Sergei Grits/Scanpix.

Sixty storks were released today in southern Sweden in the ongoing attempt to replenish the bird's numbers, reports local Swedish Radio. The storks disappeared from the landscape when farming was industrialised in the 1950s.

"The land was drained and their food disappeared," says local resident Staffan Åkeby who came to see the birds be set free on Thursday.

The Stork Project has made efforts to reintroduce storks in the Skåne region since 1989.

The birds will travel south to the African continent for the winter and are not expected to return before they have become adults in a couple of years' time.

Many die on their journey but the project hopes that at least ten of the storks will eventually return, explains local bird enthusiast Berith Cavalin.

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