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Critical Wildlife Area workshop for Dot-Dash-Dit Islands in Manatee County rescheduled to Aug. 11

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-227-3830

The public workshop regarding a proposed Critical Wildlife Area for Dot-Dash-Dit Islands in Manatee County has been rescheduled to Thursday, Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The original posted date was July 21. Rescheduling is necessary due to an administrative error in noticing the meeting. The workshop will still be held at the Manatee County Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. Highway 301 N., Ellenton.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding public workshops to share information about and solicit comments on the proposal to designate new Critical Wildlife Areas and modify five existing CWAs throughout the state. The proposed designations are part of a statewide initiative to conserve some of Florida’s most vulnerable wildlife.

CWAs are established by the FWC under a Florida Administrative Code rule to protect important wildlife concentrations from human disturbance during critical periods of their life cycles, such as breeding, feeding or migration.

“This initiative to create more CWAs throughout the state is not just for bird watchers and wildlife aficionados,” said FWC Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski. “This is something for everyone, and we want everyone to have an opportunity to be a part of the process.”

The FWC will use the feedback received at these meetings to help develop the recommendations for each of the CWA designations and modifications. These recommendations will be presented at the FWC’s September meeting.

“Florida is renowned for its wealth of charismatic waterbirds, but they have fewer and fewer safe places to nest and rest,” said Julie Wraithmell, Deputy Executive Director for Audubon Florida. “FWC’s leadership on this effort will help ensure these places thrive for future generations of birds and people alike.”

Dot-Dash-Dit consists of three mangrove islands at the mouth of the Braden River in Manatee County. Several hundred wading birds nest on the islands, and it contains the only coastal colony of wood storks in the Tampa Bay area. Audubon Florida is proposing a year-round closure with a buffer for all three islands.  

Visit and click on “CWA public workshops” to see the complete list of CWA public workshops.

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