Endangered Species Day
May 15th, 2020
The Space Coast is home to a diverse spread of wildlife that take advantage of our warm temperatures and abundant access to water. Many of these species, however, are either threatened or endangered due to habitat loss and other human related factors.
In the 19th century, native wading birds were hunted for their feathers and to be eaten as food. Because of over hunting, populations of species such as snowy egret, roseate spoonbill and little blue heron rapidly declined and are still recovering today. Today, these wading birds face new threats of habitat loss and poor water quality.
With the help of active conservation the snowy egret and white ibis seem to be making a come back, while the roseate spoonbill, little blue heron, reddish egret and tricolored heron are still listed as threatened.
Other species such as the Leatherback sea turtle, Florida manatee and Right whales face threats from water pollution, marine litter and boat strikes. Wondering how you can help endangered and threatened species?
To learn more about threatened and endangered species conservation in Florida please visit myfwc.com
- Drive slow in manatee no wake zones
- If you bring something to the beach, take it with you when you leave
- Do not disturb mangroves, marsh or other bird nesting and feeding habitats
- Volunteer with a local conservation group
- Report injured animals to the appropriate organization (listed below)
- Do your part to prevent your pollution footprint on the Indian River Lagoon
Found an injured animal?
Do not handle an injured animal without permission as you may put yourself or the animal in danger. Call the appropriate hotline to report an injured animal.
Here's who to call:
Sea Turtle Emergency: Sea Turtle Preservation Society Hotline 321-206-0646
Marine Mammal Emergency: Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute 321-821-3030
Injured Birds: Florida Wildlife Hospital 321-254-8843