Florida has more than 100 endangered species
May 31, 2011
Maia Mcguire is a Sea Grant agent in Flagler County, Florida. She recently wrote about the various endangered species that are present in the state of Florida, a number that rises above 100, according to a new report from the News-Journal Online.
"The third Friday in May was designated as Endangered Species Day. I thought I would take this opportunity to write about some of our marine and coastal plants and animals that are listed on the federal endangered species list, and to explain a little bit about what this listing means," writes Mcguire.
She goes on to list several marine species that are currently threatened or endangered, including the West Indian manatee, the leatherback sea turtle, as well as the American crocodile. The latter is considered threatened, while the others are all endangered.
The Endangered Species Act helps protect and strive for the recovery of about 1,400 plants and animals throughout the United States, according to the New York Times. A current backlog of animals and plants waiting to be listed on the federal protection agenda is causing friction between conservationists and the government.