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The stork of Alsace

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The stork of Alsace - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Great East
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The symbol of Alsace, the white stork is part of local people's cultural heritage in this part of France. Stork nests are regularly found on the roofs of houses, church bell towers and other towers in the towns and villages of Alsace.

This majestic bird with a long, pointed beak and black and white plumage is a long-distance migrant which heads for milder southern climes at the end of autumn. Its return to Alsace for nesting in February or March heralds the arrival of spring. The stork particularly appreciates this region's prolific natural environment, with its wet meadows and pastures providing an abundant food supply, including amphibians and small aquatic animals.

This beautiful wading bird, thought to bring good luck to the house where it makes its nest, is a protected species. In Hunawihr, in Haut-Rhin, the stork and otter reintroduction centre, now known as NaturOparC, is a large animal park covering 5 hectares which works to preserve endangered local species, including the white stork. It's a must-see...

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The stork of Alsace

Stork in the park Cernay ( © Jean Espirat )
Stork in the park Cernay ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stork Cernay ( © Jean Espirat )
Stork Cernay ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stork on the temple of Munster ( © Jean Espirat )
Stork on the temple of Munster ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stork with its cigogneau in the park Rouffach ( © JE)
Stork with its cigogneau in the park Rouffach ( © JE)
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Three adults ensure the cigogneau ( © Jean Espirat )
Three adults ensure the cigogneau ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stork in the park Rouffach ( © Jean Espirat )
Stork in the park Rouffach ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stork in the yard of a house in Lauw ( © JE)
Stork in the yard of a house in Lauw ( © JE)
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Anything but shy, the bird with a long beak ( © Jean Espirat )
Anything but shy, the bird with a long beak ( © Jean Espirat )
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Storks foraging in ( © Jean Espirat )
Storks foraging in ( © Jean Espirat )
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Storks foraging in ( © Jean Espirat )
Storks foraging in ( © Jean Espirat )
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