The Wood Stork (or Wood Ibis) has always been a favorite bird of mine, with its massive, five foot wingspan and its ancient, almost prehistoric appearance. This once-prosperous and abundant bird, who resides mostly in North America, is now endangered due to rapid habitat destruction. Researchers have now begun using satellite tracking to monitor the bird’s population and behavior.

*made for the Illustration Friday word prompt “satellite”, watercolors and Pigma Micron pen in A4 watercolor Moleskine, 6/2010