Protecting Birds

Birds face many threats today, from collisions with windows and structures, to feral animals and unrestrained pets, to disturbance of nesting sites and habitat loss. However, birders can take numerous steps to help protect the birds they love to watch. For example, by participating in one of dozens of ongoing citizen-science projects, or by reporting a banded bird or simply logging your daily bird sightings on eBird, you can help scientists track bird populations and migration patterns. Other beneficial conservation actions you can take include landscaping with native plants, helping with a local river or beach clean-up, using non-toxic products in your home and yard, placing discarded fishing line in designated recycling containers, installing nest boxes for cavity-dwelling species and buying duck and WMA stamps to help purchase land for wildlife (see details below).

Buy a Migratory Bird Stamp and a Management Area Permit!

The 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, better known as the "Duck Stamp," is not just for hunters! Costing a modest $15, Duck Stamps are truly a conservation bargain. An amazing 98 percent of stamp revenues go directly to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to purchase wetlands and grasslands. Duck Stamps are valid from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Use them to gain free admission to any National Wildlife Refuge in the country that charges an entry fee.
Since 1934, more than $800 million has been generated from Duck Stamp sales. These funds have been used to purchase or lease more than 6 million acres of wetland and grassland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge system. Currently, about $25 million per year is collected through Duck Stamp sales. However, we can do better. If each of the 48 million birdwatchers in the United States purchased a $15 Duck Stamp every year, there would be $720 million available annually to buy or lease additional wildlife habitat. An estimated one-third of the USA's threatened and endangered species depend on national wildlife refuges established with duck stamp funds. The duck stamp benefits not only birds but also invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Duck Stamps are available at most large U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges (with Visitor Centers) and various sporting goods stores. Or get yours online from the USFWS, the Georgia Ornithological Society or the American Birding Association. Do your part today to help support habitat conservation!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers annual Wildlife Management Area permits for $26.50. The purchase of Management Area Permits or daily use permits helps support wildlife management activities on 5.8 million acres in Florida. A Management Area Permit or daily use permit is required when using Andrews WMA, Three Lakes WMA, Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb WMA, Chassahowitzka WMA, J.W. Corbett WMA, Tosohatchee WMA, and those portions of Hilochee WMA in Lake County for any recreational activities other than hunting. Order your WMA permit today and help Florida's wildlife thrive!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission takes part in a number of initiatives that help protect Florida's bird life. Get involved and help the FWC ensure healthy bird populations for future generations to enjoy!

Florida Bird Conservation Initiative

This voluntary public-private partnership seeks to promote the sustainability of native Florida birds and their habitats. Efforts are focused on addressing critical needs such as conservation planning, delivery of conservation programs, research and monitoring, education and outreach, and public policy.

Florida Shorebird Alliance

The FSA is a partnership seeking practical solutions to protect Florida's shorebirds and seabirds. Read about their efforts, including surveys, monitoring, posting sites, the Bird Stewards program and how you can get involved.

Living with Beach-nesting Shorebirds

Read about simple steps you can take when visiting the beach to protect our shorebirds.

A matter of survival: Co-existing with Florida's beach-nesting birds: Read and share this brochure with other beach goers.


Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, dowitcher, Willet,
Semipalmated Plover, Laughing Gull

Wildlife 2060

What will Florida look like in 2060, and how will wildlife be affected by population growth? Check out this report prepared by 1000 Friends of Florida and learn about the challenges facing Florida's lands, waters and wildlife.

Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative

Learn about this program's efforts to "keep common species common" and to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered.

Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative

This program ensures the long-term conservation of native wildlife in coastal ecosystems throughout Florida in balance with human activities.

Landowner Assistance Program

With more than half of Florida being privately owned, this program helps private landowners with their land-use planning efforts and habitat management decisions.