The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is recognizing endangered species day. They want you to know that there are 50 endangered species living here in Florida. Learning about endangered species that live where you do can be a great first step. Planting native plants to create a wildlife habitat in your own backyard is a great way to start. Slowing down and being alert while driving can help panthers and other animals crossing the road. While boating, go slow and look out below to help sea turtles and other wildlife stay safe.
Show your support everywhere you go with a wildlife specialty license plate, available at your local Tax Collector’s office and online. When you buy a plate, the proceeds go directly to conservation projects throughout the state: http://bit.ly/2HxFcvH
Florida’s Imperiled Species
Florida’s imperiled species are fish and wildlife species that meet criteria to be listed as federally endangered, federally threatened, state threatened or Species of Special Concern. The current listing status of all of Florida’s federal and state listed species is found in Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species List. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has primary responsibility for Florida species that are federally endangered or threatened, like the sand skink or the Florida scrub-jay, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) works in partnership with USFWS to help conserve these species.