Wildlife

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife via Flickr Creative Commons

Shorebird nesting season is happening along Florida's coast, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the Collier and Lee Shorebird Stewards, are taking it upon themselves to help protect the areas where these birds nest. 

Things are looking up for Florida's manatees.

The West Indian manatee has long been considered "endangered"-- a species on life support. But at the end of March, federal officials changed the manatees' status to “threatened,” which means their condition is less critical. In early 2017, officials counted more than 6,000 manatees in Florida’s waters.

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Florida wildlife authorities are aiming to expand the threatened Florida scrub-jay’s population by introducing the bird to new habitats.

The idea is to relocate Florida scrub-jays from their stable population in the Ocala National Forest to restored habitats the animals have not yet discovered.

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The bat maternity season is approaching in Southwest Florida, and that means homeowners who are the unwitting hosts to a bat roost will have to wait until August to attempt a move. With the mysterious winged mammals like the bonneted bat now endangered, safe roosting is especially important to the animal's future.

As Easter approaches, Florida wildlife officials want parents to think twice before buying a certain duck—very popular around this time of year.

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