Public can review state's plans for Fla. species

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wildlife officials are asking the public to review the state's conservation plans for imperiled beach-nesting birds.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have posted a draft action plan for eight species, including the snowy plover, the American oystercatcher and the black skimmer. Those birds lay eggs and hatch their young on Florida beaches, spoil islands and rooftops.

The public also can comment on plans for the alligator snapping turtle, the Florida bonneted bat, the white-crowned pigeon and the Florida tree snail.

The state is reviewing conservation plans for 60 native species. Draft plans for roughly two dozen other species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles already are posted for public review.

The draft plans are available at Once revised, they'll be tied into one Imperiled Species Management Plan.

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