Refuge staff use a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance the habitat for plants and wildlife.
Prescribed burning, mowing, experimental bio-control insect releases, and seeding are some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.
Standardized ground and aerial wildlife surveys and vegetation surveys are conducted on some refuges throughout the year to inventory populations and document habitat use. Units are evaluated by how well they met habitat and wildlife use objectives.
Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.
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The Dusky Seaside Sparrow was a non-migratory subspecies of the Seaside Sparrow, found in Florida in the natural salt marshes of Merritt Island and along the St. Johns River. The last definite known individual died on June 17, 1987, and the subspecies was officially declared extinct in December 1990.