A woman who is very anxious to get children always reads ‘storks’for ‘stocks’.
– Sigmund Freud: 1904 The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.
Maybe that is ancient history. Let’s look at fact from today.
Very close to where I live there is a big area of protected nature AND a Stork project to help protect and increase the stork population in this area.
Once it was natural for storks to live here during our Summer, but when humans ditched out and grew up wetlands storks could no longer find food for their young. The last pair was nesting 1954.
Thanks to this project about 30 breeeding pairs are now living free and raising chicks. In July they set free over 80 nestlings from this yard so they could fly to the South with the free herd.
Around Skåne (my part of Sweden) 6 yards like this are established to protect the hatchings with a total of ca. 250 storks. The goal is to make 150 free living birds in Skåne. All work is made by volunteers and sponsored by local companies.
In this yards we may visit the storks all year round but the free birds have flown away. To Africa or the South of Europe. Seems like a clever thing to do.