The results from a recent study conducted by the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources are in: Floridians care about the endangered species in the Sunshine state. Nearly 90 percent of people surveyed support imposing fines on those who harm endangered species. Another 88 percent maintained that damaging habitats and environments used by endangered species should be a finable offense as well. Overall, 70 percent agreed that the threat to endangered animals is an important, major concern in the Sunshine State.
There is a catch, however. Floridians feel undereducated about endangered species, and—despite a strong desire to make a difference—they are unsure of how to help. Over half of those surveyed admitted they don’t know what species are threatened in Florida, and many acknowledged they weren’t aware of government, industry or others’ policies that impact endangered species in Florida.
Thankfully, there are many resources where Floridians can find the latest information on conservation and endangered species in Florida—and what consumers can do to help. From sea turtles to gopher tortoises to the Florida Panther, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers information and ways consumers can make a difference. Another spot to find information and actionable suggestions on how to help is the Florida section of The Nature Conservatory. Together, Floridians can make a significant difference for endangered species, the environment and the state as a whole.