Roseate Spoonbill Lokta Card
$5.00 – $8.00
- Our images are set in a frame on this beautiful, handmade paper from the Nepalese Lokta shrub.
- This tree-free paper is both environmentally friendly and sustainably harvested, providing a market for cottage industries that are Fair-Trade Certified.
- Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged individually.
- Cards are blank on the inside and have a great story on the reverse side about the picture on the front.
- Handmade cards are not available for wholesale pricing.
Back of Card DESCRIPTION
The roseate spoonbill resembles a cartoon caricature with its bright pink body, red shoulders, orange tail, long pink legs, and spatulate bill. A delight to see in the wild, these gregarious wading birds feed in marshes, mudflats, and mangrove swamps. Sweeping their long, sensitive spoonbills in wide arcs from side to side, they grasp small fish, insects and crustaceans. Sporting 4Â½ foot wingspans, they fly with steady, flapping wing beats and short glides, holding their necks outstretched and legs extended. Roseate spoonbills exhibit elaborate courtship displays, with the male presenting sticks to the female while vigorously tossing its head and making grunting calls. The female awkwardly takes the stick in her flattened bill, and this action maintains the pair bond.
In the early 1900’s this unique species seemed doomed, its population decimated by the feather trade and drainage of its breeding wetlands in Florida and the Gulf Coast. Under rigid protection, populations are gradually increasing, but still threatened by habitat destruction and development. We know the mangrove swamps and estuaries they depend on are also nurseries for the fish, crabs, and shellfish we enjoy. As we save habitat for this specialized, humorous bird, we also protect the food chain for ourselves.
artwork by John Sill © 2003
text by Kara Jean Hagedorn