Butterfly Garden by David Copps
Butterfly Garden by David Copps

Like us, wildlife must have access to fresh, clean sources of water in order to stay healthy.

If you live on the waterfront, help protect the important transition zone between water and land by incorporating native trees, shrubs and wetland plants into your shoreline landscaping. It’s an ideal location for plants that will provide habitat and food for wading birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife, while also helping to control erosion and capture pollutants before they enter the water. 

Check out the  Florida-Friendly Landscaping program External Website for great information about conserving Florida’s waterways External Website.  

Not on the waterfront? You can still beautify your property with a rain garden External Website that captures storm water runoff and provides habitat for plants and animals adapted to moist conditions.

No matter where you live, limit fertilizer and pesticide use, and keep septic tanks maintained . These practices create pleasing landscapes that attract wildlife while protecting the quantity and quality of Florida’s water resources. 

FWC Facts:
The oystercatcher is one of the largest and heaviest of Florida's shorebirds. It is striking in appearance: dark brown, black and white, with a bright red bill.

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