Ecological Services Field Office
Dave Hankla, Supervisor
Downie Wolfe, Special Agent,
Jacksonville ES Field Office
6620 Southpoint Drive, Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: 904/232 2580
Fax: 904/232 2404
Branch Office Address:
9549 Koger Boulevard, Suite 111
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727/570 5398
Fax: 727/570 5450
Photos (top to bottom)
Threatened Florida scrub-jay
Endangered Florida manatee
Endangered green sea turtle (Photo
credit Florida FWCC photo by B.
Endangered scrub loptina (Photo
credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Our mission is to conserve, protect
and enhance fish, wildlife and plants
and their habitats for the continuing
benefit of the American people. We
accomplish our mission through a
wide variety of activities including
I i m, :n 1 i li, i ,- i -I species and
habitat listing, conservation, recovery
and consultation. We execute these
and other public trust obligations
under the authority of the
Endangered Species Act, the Marine
Mammal Protection Act, the Bald and
Golden Eagle Protection Act, the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and
numerous other Federal rules and
Area of Responsibility
North/North Central Florida
Ecosystem encompassing the
following counties: Alachua, Baker,
Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay,
Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler,
Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando,
Hillsborough, Lafayette, Lake, Levy,
Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau,
Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, St.
Johns, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee,
Taylor, Union, and Volusia.
* Office was established in 1976.
* Our FY 05 budget is $3,953,000.
* We have a staff of 30 people.
* Conducts endangered and
threatened species consultations
with Federal agencies that
authorize, fund or carry out
activities that may impact
Federally listed species,
wetlands, migratory birds,
anadromous fish and other trust
resources. Such activities include,
but are not limited to, beach
restoration, boat docks, and land
* Serves as a key endangered &
threatened species information
resource for state and local
organizations, schools and other
educational and community
* Reviews private development
proposals through permit
applications and other requests.
* Develops and implements
1,,i g, :.' ,i i:'i, :. in. i1 species
* Reviews species and habitats for
possible addition to the Federal
list of endangered and threatened
species or critical habitat.
* Works with agency partners to
protect imperiled wildlife.
* Develops and implements plans
to restore important Florida
* Responds to questions from or
requests for support by private
* Provides support to other U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Field Office Goals
* Protection and recovery of
endangered and threatened
plants and wildlife in Florida, as
well as several species crossing
regional, national and
* Conservation of wetlands.
* Maintaining and improving the
integrity of the St. Johns, St.
Marys and Suwannee River
* Restoration of the Tampa Bay
m Developing and maintaining How can I help manatees ? Help reduce hat
effective partnerships with While common sense plays a role in controlling your
Federal, state and local agencies, dealing with the manatee, there are removing trash
other public and private some specific steps you can take to equipment lourr
organizations, and private protect manatees. cabanas, etc.) fr
citizens. night. Recreatic
When boating, watch for can deter nestir
Questions and Answers manatees, watch for signs and interfere with tl
If there is an endangered species on buoys marking manatee habitat, clutches and thE
,,, .I/ ii !, I t. are there restrictions on and obey all posted speed zones. of hatchlings.
what I can do?
Possibly. It is illegal to harm or Report violations to the Florida m In Florida, repc
harass an endangered or threatened Marine Patrol or U.S. Coast dead or distress
species; under the law this is referred Guard. the Florida Mai
to as "take." While continuing your Get involved in local protection 1-800-DAIL-FA
normal daily activities may not and education efforts. (1-800-324-5367
present a problem, if you are on your cellular
planning construction work or major Enjoy viewing manatees, but
changes, it is best to check with our don't feed or disturb them.
office before proceeding. You may
need a permit from the Service if Report distressed, sick and
your work will harm a Federally injured manatees to the Florida
protected species. Check with your Marine Patrol at 1-800-DAIL-
local state agencies regarding state FMP (1-800-324-5367) or *FMP
listed species. (*367) on your cellular phone.
Is there any ....... available to help How can I help sea turtles?
wildlife on n, -t land? The main sea turtle nesting season in
There are opportunities for cost- the Southeast U.S. is from May
sharing partnerships through several through October. During this period
Federal programs. Assistance and female sea turtles crawl onto the
information are available through our beach at night, build their nests, lay
office and at the Service internet site eggs, and then return to the sea
(www.fws.gov). leaving the eggs to develop on their
own. If you live on or near the beach,
or visit the beach during the nesting
Where can I obtain information on season, there are several ways you
endangeredd species? can help sea turtles.
There are several sources. On the
internet, the Service has extensive Minimize lighting on or near the
information available at www.fws.gov. beach during the nesting and
You can find a North Florida county- hatching season by turning off,
by-county species listing at our shielding or redirecting exterior
website: www.fws.gov/r4jafl. lights, and close all blinds or
Endangered species information can draperies in oceanfront rooms at
also be obtained from the Florida night.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and the Florida m Do not construct campfires on
Department of Agriculture for the beach. The hatchlings are
wildlife and plants, respectively. known to be attracted to the fire
light and will crawl into the
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