White Stork building up its nest

White stork, which has lived wild for centuries in Alsace, became one of its symbols. As a migratory bird, it returns every year in spring to nest in this corner of France that she particularly likes. Numerous at the beginning of the 20th century (~ 400 couples in 1932) they came close to disapear in Alsace (only 18 couples in 1971). This alarming situation was caused by the draining of wetlands and by industrial pollution. Associations have been created to protect both the environment and the white stork through reintroduction centers and shelters. Now white storks are returning gradually, reaching almost 400 couples, and it's a pleasure to see again their nests on church steeples, villages roofs and chimneys !

White Stork building up its nest