As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 21 March 2013

How to protect 60 species of imperiled animals.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has opened up a forum that the agency hopes will create an open conservation with the public about how to protect 60 species of imperiled animals. 

The FWC invites the general public to visit their site to review their new draft action plans and to comment on them.

"We hope the public and stakeholders will comment on the draft species action plans and share their ideas on common themes or actions among plans," said Claire Sunquist Blunden, the stakeholder coordination for imperiled species management planning for the FWC.

Twenty-three species have been covered in the plans that have been released by the agency so far, while the rest are expected to be unveiled in late spring and summer.

"We invite you to be part of the process. You have the opportunity to learn about these birds, fish, frogs, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles that contribute to keeping Florida's natural areas functioning and alive," the agency posted on their site.

"You will be able to read and comment on the draft species action plans for each species, as well as the imperiled species management plan."

Imperiled beach-nesting birds were included in the second group of the recently released draft action plans, including the White Crowned Pigeon, the Osprey, Saltmarsh Songbirds and Wading birds.
(Photo : Reuters ) PeeblesUnited Kingdom
Two endangered Osprey chicks.

 The Tweed Valley Osprey Project has successfully
 reared eighty five endangered Osprey chicks since 1998.

"The dynamic nature of Florida beaches, from natural changes caused by storms and erosion to the presence of beachgoers and the loss of habitat, poses significant challenged to the survival of beach-nesting birds," said Blunden said.

After all of the groups of action plans are evaluated, a master Imperiled Species Management Plan will be compiled for the 60 threatened species that are on the list. 

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