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
natural areas functioning and alive," the agency posted on their site. Florida
"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 )
Two endangered Osprey chicks.
The Tweed Valley Osprey Project has successfully
reared eighty five endangered Osprey chicks since 1998.
"The dynamic nature of
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. Florida
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.