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Species Loss

Threatened survival in the Everglades

Wading birds have declined by 93% in the southern Everglades since the 1930's.This loss is mostly due to the changes in the water flow to the Everglades National Park. The amount of safe habitat and food has been reduced by these changes.

The annual cycle of summer rains (June to October) and the dry season (November to May) have a direct impact on the timing, location and the amount of wading bird colonies and other species. Once this natural process has been disrupted by water management projects species loss will most likely occur. Recent water management projects are attempting to restore this loss.

There are 14 federally endangered species in Everglades National Park. The wood stork, American crocodile,West Indian Manatee, Florida panther,and the Snail (Everglades) kite are just a few examples.

We should all become more informed about the status of plants and wildlife in our states. We should report people who endanger or threaten plants and wildlife. Lastly, we can support conservation legislation.

What we do today will affect what happens in the future. If there is species loss today, it may lead to extinction. We should all become aware of what we can do to ensure a prosperous habitat for all species.