Archive for habitat loss

Florida tropical butterfly species vanishing

Today’s Miami Herald has an article about the butterfly species that are disappearing from extreme southern Florida. The Miami blue butterfly, named as an endangered species that researchers are trying to repopulate through breeding, is just one of many, the article says. The main reason for their downfall is habitat loss.

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Florida panthers still losing habitat

There is a long, detailed article about endangered Florida panthers and the loss of habitat they are experiencing in the Naples Daily News. This article is so intricate I couldn’t possibly try to sum up except to say it basically makes the case that although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (which keeps the Endangered Species List) is charged with protecting the panther, it hasn’t seemed to stop development that segments panther territory, further making panther recovery improbable.

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New airport to destroy 2,000 acres of wetlands

Does building a new airport benefit the public interest more than preserving wetlands? Some people say yes, according to this St. Petersburg Times article. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to allow the construction of an airport northwest of Panama City Beach to destroy 2,000 acres of wetlands in order to build the 4,000-acre site, the article reports. The Corps and the state reportedly think the loss of the wetlands is a fair exchange for the St. Joe Company’s pledge to preserve 9,000 acres southeast of the new airport. (How much of that 9,000 acres is wetlands, I wonder?) There are many other factors involved, including the location of the current Panama City Beach airport and economic factors, all detailed in the article.

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Feeding wildlife just creates problems

Sigh. In the almost eight years since the EcoFlorida Web site has been up, I’ve gotten so many e-mails from folks with “wildlife problems” that I’ve lost count. Most, but not all, of the problems are because people started feeding the wildlife. Then the wildlife became more assertive in asking for their handout, and the people didn’t think feeding the animals was cute anymore.

That’s also the gist of this Orlando Sentinel article about how, as people build housing developments and move farther into previously wild territory, they feed the wildlife around them and end up with problems like property damage. In addition to the story, there are some good links to follow here, including what to do if a sandhill crane ruins your property, what is and isn’t against the law when it comes to feeding wildlife, and some stats.

Basically, if you love wildlife, it’s best to just let them be wild.

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With mining legislation, economy could override ecology

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New consortium aims to promote better research to save state forests

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Florida panthers threatened as development takes over habitat

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