Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

State Plans Aim To Protect Imperiled Species

Some species considered imperiled, like the tricolored heron, share a habitat with other species so they are included in the same action plan.
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

  Fifty-seven species of fish and wildlife are so rare or face such threats that they are considered "imperiled" by the state of Florida.

Now the state has 49 action plans aimed at protecting those species. Some, like several species of wading birds, share the same habitat so they're covered under the same plan.

One plan calls for stabilizing shorelines and removing exotic plants to provide nesting areas for brown pelicans. Another would set up trapping and testing programs to evaluate the population of the Homosassa shrew, a small rodent.

The state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants input from the public on the plans, which are set for final approval next year.

The action plans hold particular significance for the Florida Keys. The relatively small county is home to 23 of the 57 imperiled species.

Copyright 2020 WLRN 91.3 FM. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3 FM.

Nancy Klingener covers the Florida Keys for WLRN. Since moving to South Florida in 1989, she has worked for the Miami Herald, Solares Hill newspaper and the Monroe County Public Library.