Black storks are the symbol of the National Forest Park. This rather fearful bird returns to Haute-Marne and the north of the Côte-d’Or, after migrating to North Africa. In the area, there are between four and six pairs of black storks. A cousin of the Alsatian stork, France’s largest forest bird is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. It would be considered “endangered” for breeding pairs and “vulnerable” for passing individuals.
“These birds have only been protected since the 1990s”, specifies Jean-Jacques Boutteaux, head of the territorial unit of the ONF (National Organization of Forests) in Auberive (Haute-Marne)….