Title: Vero Beach Ecological Services Field Office
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Title: Vero Beach Ecological Services Field Office
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Language: English
Creator: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Publisher: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Place of Publication: Vero Beach, Fla.
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Vero Beach
Ecological Services Field Office

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Conservation recommendations What is the Fish and Wildlife Service Unfortunately, not e
provided by the Service are specific doing to help restore the Everglades? the manatee, and th(
to each bald eagle nest site and may The Service is actively involved in a creatures may appr(
vary depending on existing multi-faceted program to help restore are cruel to them. TI
circumstances at each nest site. the Everglades. For the Everglades documentation of pe
However, recommendations generally to be successfully restored, the vast manatees, carving ir
include such measures as timing of array of canals, dikes and levees that backs and purposely
the construction activities outside of were constructed by the Corps of with fishing gear. Wi
the nesting season, siting structures Engineers (COE) beginning in the collision being the m
on the property to reduce impacts, early 1940's, must be modified to human-related mans
increasing visual and auditory buffers restore the natural flow of water to approaching humane
for the eagles from human activities, south Florida. The Service has 40 them prone to encou
and avoiding construction related full-time biologists working with the propellers. The best
disturbances in the vicinity of COE to determine how best to but don't touch."
the nest. accomplish this task. The Service is
also responsible for administering a I recently learned th
I've been told that Florida scrub jays $300,000,000 grant program to beaches host the mo,
are present on my property and that purchase the lands necessary for a turtles in the Unitea
I will need to complete a Habitat successful restoration. In addition, sea turtles nest on tl
Conservation Plan before I can the Service is actively partnering of our house. Is there
develop the property. What is a with Federal, state, local, private and do to help protect the
Habitat Conservation Plan and what Native American tribes to develop Yes, there are many
do I need to do next? the most effective ways to contribute can do to promote tl
The preparation of a Habitat to the restoration effort. turtles. First, never
Conservation Plan or HCP is the first To protect, conserve and recover the turtles emerging fro
step in obtaining an Incidental Take threatened and endangered species make noise or shine
Permit (ITP) from the Service. ITPs that are found in South Florida, the while they are nestir
are required for anyone who will Service is implementing a Multi- hatchling turtles ins
"take" federally listed species while Species Recovery Plan for 68 the brightest directly
conducting otherwise lawful activities federally threatened and endangered in the amount of arti
such as residential or commercial species. This plan will ensure that the reaching the nesting
development. The creation of an HCP efforts being directed to the property will help se
provides a means for you to identify Everglades restoration will also It is also important t
what measures you will take to maximize the benefits to these listed while boating to avoid
conserve scrub jays that may be species and contribute to their sea turtles. In additi
affected as a result of your recovery trash into the water
construction activities. The recovery trash into the water
completion of an adequate HCP will since many turtles d
ensure issuance of an ITP which will Occasionally, I see my neighbors ingesting trash mist;
allow you to legally "take" scrub jays feeding lettuce to the manatees in the Consider participation
while developing your land. boat basin behind our house. They federally sponsored
also leave a hose running to provide conducted by an exp
The Service provides technical the manatees a source offresh water This is the safest an<
assistance to landowners in need of Is there anything wrong with this? informative way to l
an ITP and will help you in the Yes. Feeding manatees or giving them turtles and their nes
development of your HCP An water can harm them for several you call our office, w
expedited permitting process is reasons. Manatees may become provide you with inft
available for residential, small- habituated to "free" handouts from participating in a tui
landowner size developments. You humans which may cause them to
should contact an office and ask for a hang around or even approach
copy of the Habitat Conservation humans for food. The manatee's
Planning Handbook to assist you in natural feeding patterns, including
this process. the tendency to migrate and search

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