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June 2, 2020 | 3 minute read
Whether gliding through the mouth of Weeks Bay by motor or paddle craft, the first strip of land that catches a voyager’s eye is the East Gateway Tract. The tract is roughly 175 acres of critically important and diverse land that includes micro-dune habitat, tidal streams, marshland, and forested wetlands. The water surrounding East Gateway is a prime fishing location with a prevalence of redfish and speckled trout, which is not to be outdone by the bird watching opportunities on the tract, as it provides wonderful habitat for migratory birds. Learn more...
April 9, 2020 | 2 minute read
The big manatee rescued near Savannah last October recently reaffirmed one thing: When she’s ready to migrate, it’s best not to get in her way. The female nicknamed Jno swam from Miami to Savannah in 30 days along the Intracoastal Waterway, covering 500 miles between March 3 and April 2, according to satellite transmitter data tracked by Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It wasn’t Jno’s first interstate journey. After being stranded on a berm at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and saved with the help of a dozer Oct. Learn more...
February 10, 2020 | 1 minute read
Show airs 8 p.m. Feb. 12 Florida is well-known for its beaches and year-round sun, but it is also home to a wild side, with pine forests, coral reefs, manatees, and the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Every year, this state faces the full forces of nature: from wildfires to flooding to powerful hurricanes. Now, a growing human population, rising sea levels and abandoned exotic pets, like the Burmese python, are added threats to this wild paradise. Learn more...
May 15, 2019 | 3 minute read
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists monitoring the progress of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) were excited to hear that up to 20 Florida manatees used the manatee mitigation feature south of Port of the Islands marina in Collier County, Florida, in January and February. Kim Dryden, biologist. Photo by USFWS. That manatee mitigation feature is a refugium built by the South Florida Water Management District a couple of years ago. Learn more...
July 12, 2017 | 13 minute read
It meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike. Learn more...
Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place
March 30, 2017 | 4 minute read
Read the release in Spanish. On the heels of Manatee Appreciation Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The downlisting comes after diverse conservation efforts and collaborations by Florida and other manatee states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Caribbean nations, public and private organizations and citizens, there have been notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat. Read the full story...
September 15, 2016 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established updated, science-based protocols to help determine when Three Sisters Springs is open for in-water wildlife viewing this winter. “Our goal is to be fully transparent on how we make day-to-day decisions for in-water public access to Three Sisters Springs this winter,” said Joyce Palmer, the new Project Leader for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “We know that cold weather and high tides increase the likelihood of higher numbers of manatees inside the springs, but other factors will also be considered to ensure manatees are not disturbed. Read the full story...
January 7, 2016 | 5 minute read
MIAMI, FL – As a result of significant improvements in its population and habitat conditions, and reductions in direct threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal to downlist the manatee to threatened will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA, and the Service remains committed to conservation actions to fully recover manatee populations. Read the full story...
November 23, 2015 | 1 minute read
In response to requests received from the local community and elected officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the comment period by more than three weeks on a draft proposal for the future management of Three Sisters Springs at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge through Friday, December 18, 2015. “In conversations with tour operators, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, and congressional representatives, we believe extending the comment period on our revised proposal is needed,” said James Burnett, project leader for the Northwest Florida National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Read the full story...