Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve Management Issues - Wildlife Protection and Habitat Restoration
Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve is an important
natural resource to both wildlife and the people
of Florida. From an ecological perspective, the
aquatic preserve has an abundance of flora
communities that provide excellent habitat for
Florida's native fauna. Resource management
continues to be one of the most important
strategies in maintaining the overall health and
success of Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve.
Although many resource management needs have
remained fairly similar over the last decade,
additional needs do arise.
Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve staff is
protecting the wildlife and habitats of the
Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve by:
- Conducting monthly video transects at three
stations in the upper Rainbow River to monitor
any changes in the plant communities.
- Conducting annual system wide non-native
plant surveys in conjunction with FWC IPMS to
determine area coverage, and assisting in the
removal of invasive species as needed.
- Tracking and recording monthly monitoring
for sailfin catfish (last recorded in 2008) and
other non-native invasive fish species.
- Continuing its partnership with the Rainbow
River Conservation, Inc. in monitoring and
maintaining 50 wood duck nesting boxes.
- Continuing the partnership with Eckerd
College in the study of aquatic turtle dynamics
through field sampling of the turtle population.
September 06, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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