Over time, I've noticed that not much seems to have changed in AZA's Ciconiiformes/Phoenicopteriformes TAG. It's good that we have a number of species within it, but I think it would be good to focus on some different species for the future. I've noticed that other TAGS are phasing out species that are not reproductively successful long term or are classified as a Least Concern species. My ideas and suggestions for the TAG's 10-30 year future are outlined here: Ciconiidae: Storks -Focus on learning best practices for breeding Saddlebilled Storks successfully in captivity. -Create awareness and ex-situ support for the Greater Adjutant through its Asian proxy species, the Marabou Stork. -Get more institutions interested in holding Lesser Adjutant & Milky Storks. These can go hand in hand with Action Indonesia species such as Banteng, Anoa, Babirusa and Sumatran Tigers. Once San Diego's Milky's start being really successful they can send birds to other facilities in the US to start new flocks. -Try to bolster the Painted Stork population. Perhaps move all individuals to Miami's Wings of Asia aviary? If not that then obtain more from south Asian/Malaysian zoos (Zoo Negara, Delhi etc...) -If possible, start an SSP for Oriental Storks. These can replace White Storks in northern climates since they are suited for the colder temperatures and can be featured in north Asian exhibits. -Start an SSP for Asian Openbills. The fact that they are a good indicator species of cohabitation and adaptibility to live nearby humans plus expanding their range into China make them a worthy species to help guests show that large bird species can flourish alongside people. Threskiornithidae: Ibises & Spoonbils -If Cambodia allows it try to start SSP captive populations for Giant & White Naped Ibises. These species can be integrated into Indo-China exhibits and highlight the need for wetland conservation in Cambodia. -Try to obtain Malagasy Sacred Ibises to largely replace the Sacred Ibis like in the EAZA. -Focus on the ex-situ conservation of South American ibis species. -Roseate Spoonbills are great, and colorful, but cut back on the program a little and make room for a new species.... Yellow-Billed or Royal perhaps??? Ardeidae: Herons -Replace the Javan Pond Heron with the endangered Malagasy Pond Heron. -Start a Great Billed Heron SSP and use it to highlight the importance of conservation for its proxy species in Bhutan, the Imperial Heron. -Use rehabilitated/non releasable Reddish Egrets in zoos to showcase them as an umbrella species and their unique habitats of beaches and estuaries to advocate for conservation of smaller species like sandpipers and plovers that could be housed with them. Phoenicopteridae: Flamingos -Continue with the Andean Highland Flamingo SAFE program. Possibly down the road AZA could acquire some Andean & Puna's for the program but should be limited to zoo's with similar mountainous & weather/environmental conditions such as Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Denver Zoo, Hogle Zoo etc... -Create more opportunities in zoos for guests to have flamingo feeding encounters to ingnite passion for their conservation.