Wading Bird Colony Protection in the Indian River Lagoon
Abstract:The Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission's (Commission) Bureau of Nongame Wildlife developed a ranking system which indicated that fauna in Florida's coastal communities were priority candidates for conservation and management. Wading birds were identified as an important group of the coastal community fauna and a plan was implemented to protect and manage important nesting colonies throughout the state. Out of 950 wading bird breeding localities, biologists targeted 100 sites for immediate attention. Commission staff gave each wading bird nesting site a priority score, and created a list of the top ten nesting colonies which needed immediate management. Six of these “Top 10” sites are located in the Indian River Lagoon. Protection and monitoring efforts will focus on creating a network of local volunteers who can perform management tasks as well as educate the general public on the importance of wading bird nesting sites located in the Indian River Lagoon.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 1995
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