Imperiled Species

Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan

Participate in the Imperiled Species Management Plan


Here is your chance to read, review and comment on the draft Imperiled Species Management Plan (ISMP) for wildlife species in Florida. This comprehensive plan addresses 57 species and identifies priority actions from each of the 49 Species Action Plans.


One of the most important species in the Imperiled Species Management Plan is you. This plan is an innovative, integrated plan for conservation, like none tried before in Florida. It is designed to conserve 57 fish and wildlife species over the next 10 years. It includes Species Action Plans addressing individual species needs and Integrated Conservation Strategies benefiting multiple species and shared habitats. The support and actions of Floridians are equally important to making this plan successful. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) drafted the plan with significant input from stakeholders and the public, and that opportunity for input will continue. Once the plan is approved by Commissioners in 2016, the FWC needs committed partners, both individuals and organizations. We encourage you to get involved in helping this plan work – whether you are a volunteer citizen-scientist collecting data in the field, a private landowner conserving imperiled fish and wildlife on your property, or a business, school or resident spreading education and awareness about how to protect species and restore habitats. Your participation is critical in making the Imperiled Species Management Plan a living document, one that delivers on its goals and actions to conserve these 57 Florida species for future generations. 

8 Mammals are in the plan:Loss and fragmentation of its southwest Florida habitat are threats to the Big Cypress fox squirrel. Other mammals in the plan: Eastern chipmunk, Everglades mink, Florida mouse, Homosassa shrew, Sanibel rice rat, Sherman’s fox squirrel and Sherman’s short-tailed shrew. 

21 Birds are in the plan: Improving the quality and amount of wading bird habitat in Florida will help the roseate spoonbill (shown here) and other wading birds in the plan, including little blue heron, reddish egret, snowy egret, tricolored heron and white ibis.  Other birds in the plan: American oystercatcher, black skimmer, brown pelican, Florida burrowing owl, Florida sandhill crane, least tern, limpkin, Marian’s marsh wren, osprey (Monroe County population),  Scott’s seaside sparrow, snowy egret, snowy plover, southeastern American kestrel, Wakulla seaside sparrow, white ibis, white-crowned pigeon and Worthington’s marsh wren.

12 Reptiles are in the plan: The Florida pine snake shares upland habitats with pocket gophers, gopher tortoises and nine-banded armadillos, often using the other species’ underground burrows. Other reptiles in the plan: alligator snapping turtle, Barbour’s map turtle, Florida brown snake (Lower Keys population), Florida Keys mole skink, Key ringneck snake, peninsula ribbon snake (Lower Keys population), red rat snake (Lower Keys population), rim rock crowned snake, short-tailed snake, striped mud turtle (Lower Keys population) and Suwanee cooter.

4 Amphibians are in the plan: The Florida bog frog relies upon shallow, slow flowing watery habitat with plant diversity, maintained by natural or prescribed fires. Other amphibians in the plan: Florida bog frog, Georgia blind salamander and gopher frog.

9 Fish are in the plan: The 1 and a half inch blackmouth shiner is among the smallest of Florida minnows and needs healthy riparian zones where streams and rivers meet land. Other fish in the plan: bluenose shiner, crystal darter, harlequin darter, Lake Eustis pupfish, key silverside, mangrove rivulus, saltmarsh top minnow and Southeastern tessellated darter.

3 Invertebrates are in the plan: While the colors of the Florida tree snail vary a lot, they are all the same species, found in South Florida on smooth-barked trees and shrubs such as gumbo limbo and sea grape.Other invertebrates in the plan: Black Creek crayfish and Santa Fe cave crayfish.

The full list of Florida's federally-listed species and state-listed species that already have a draft and final management plan, including those 57 that are included in the ISMP, can be found in Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species list Adobe PDF.

Under Article IV, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution,External Website the FWC has constitutional authority to "exercise the regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life, and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life..." However, whales, manatees, and sea turtles are managed under statutory authority granted by the Florida Legislature.

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