endangered species http://wlrn.org en Corps Of Engineers Hopes To Accelerate Permit Process To Protect Endangered Species http://wlrn.org/post/corps-engineers-hopes-accelerate-permit-process-protect-endangered-species <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a controversial history in Florida -- especially when it comes to the Everglades and the state’s wildlife. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But now, the agency wants Floridians to know they’re working harder to protect endangered species. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year the Corps of Engineers receives requests for various projects to build on regulated wetlands or the coast. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:49:55 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35530 at http://wlrn.org Corps Of Engineers Hopes To Accelerate Permit Process To Protect Endangered Species Manatees Might Lose Endangered Status http://wlrn.org/post/manatees-might-lose-endangered-status <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manatees have been an endangered species since 1967.&nbsp;But on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made an announcement that this classification may soon be lowered&nbsp;to "threatened."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some environmentalists and government officials are opposed to this change. They say changing the label might result in more lenient&nbsp;rules about boat speed zones and dock-building limits.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:24:27 +0000 Selima Hussain 34898 at http://wlrn.org Manatees Might Lose Endangered Status A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up http://wlrn.org/post/florida-scrub-jay-rebound-palm-beach-county-dont-get-your-hopes <p>The future&nbsp;remains uncertain for the&nbsp;struggling Florida scrub jay, an endemic state species that is&nbsp;increasingly difficult -- but not <em>impossible</em> --&nbsp;to find in Palm Beach County. Statewide efforts to study and document the birds' population and habitat use&nbsp;may help&nbsp;to turn the tide for this&nbsp;gregarious bird.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15329 at http://wlrn.org A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up Feds Do About-Face, Step In To Help Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow http://wlrn.org/post/feds-do-about-face-step-help-endangered-florida-grasshopper-sparrow <p>The clock is ticking for the highly-endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow, but a new project recently green-lit by a federal agency may offer some hope for avoiding extinction. Scientists believe there are roughly 200 of the tiny birds remaining in the wild. Two years ago, scientists found the lowest count of the birds in history: last year's numbers dipped even lower.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14057 at http://wlrn.org Feds Do About-Face, Step In To Help Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Why The 'World's Weirdest Bird' Is Ditching South Florida And Heading North http://wlrn.org/post/why-worlds-weirdest-bird-ditching-south-florida-and-heading-north <p>The roseate spoonbill -- often mistaken by confused tourists for the non-native flamingo -- is one of Florida's great iconic species. Dubbed "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds" by naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, the gangly creatures are an increasingly rare sight in South Florida.&nbsp;</p><p>According to a feature in the May-June issue of <em>Audubon Magazine</em>, spoonbills have been vacating South Florida in droves, heading north to more hospitable (read: often less developed) lands.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:16:04 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 13788 at http://wlrn.org Why The 'World's Weirdest Bird' Is Ditching South Florida And Heading North Florida Panther Released In Palm Beach County: VIDEO http://wlrn.org/post/florida-panther-released-palm-beach-county-video <p>Florida wildlife news often is dominated by loss: <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/algae-bloom-kills-record-number-florida-manatees" target="_blank">record numbers of manatee deaths</a>, an <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/biologists-ask-why-wont-feds-fund-protection-floridas-nearly-extinct-grasshopper-sparrow" target="_blank">endangered species</a> on the brink of extinction, <a href="http://www.player.wlrn.org/post/python-challenge-hunter-its-eerily-quiet-everglades" target="_blank">invasives&nbsp;over-taking entire ecosystems</a>&nbsp;and so on. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11907 at http://wlrn.org Florida Panther Released In Palm Beach County: VIDEO Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared http://wlrn.org/post/red-tide-claims-170-manatees-south-florida-population-should-be-spared <p>One of Florida's most beloved endangered species is facing a tough end to the winter. State wildlife officials have confirmed the deaths of more than 170 <a href="http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A007" target="_blank">manatees</a> in Southwest Florida as red tide impacts regional populations of the gentle water-dwelling mammals.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:01:34 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10926 at http://wlrn.org Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared Biologists Ask: Why Won't The Feds Fund Protection Of Florida's Nearly Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow? http://wlrn.org/post/biologists-ask-why-wont-feds-fund-protection-floridas-nearly-extinct-grasshopper-sparrow <p>One of Florida's endemic species, the <a href="http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=B07G" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Florida grasshopper sparrow</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is on the path to extinction. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9262 at http://wlrn.org Biologists Ask: Why Won't The Feds Fund Protection Of Florida's Nearly Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow?