Explore general as well as scientific information about the movement, chemistry and biology of area surface water environments.
Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) assists with tracking the occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered and exemplary plants, animals and natural communities, called elements. An element is any exemplary or rare component of the natural environment, such as a species, natural community, bird rookery, spring, sinkhole, cave, or other ecological feature. An element occurrence is a single extant habitat that sustains or otherwise contributes to the survival of a population or a distinct, self-sustaining example of a particular element, such as a plant species. The following links provide access to tools on the FNAI website where you can view a list of elements in your area and read a description of each element (e.g. plant, animal, or natural community).
Vegetation sampling is the identification and quantification of plant species and communities. Vegetation sampling is a tool used in environmental assessments and can inform a myriad of assessment goals including biomass availability, water quality concerns, management benchmarks, and determining the introduction and establishment of invasive species. Sampling can be conducted via destructive or non-destructive methods. Learn more about vegetation sampling from the links and documents listed below.
|Species Name||Listing||Alafia Banks Quadrangle||Tampa Quadrangle|
|2011 - 2012 Results||Historic Average||2011 - 2012 Results||Historic Average|
|American Oystercatcher||SSC||0.32||0.32 (1 yrs)||0.13||0.13 (1 yrs)|
|Bald Eagle||T||0.14||0.14 (1 yrs)||0.16||0.16 (1 yrs)|
|Black Skimmer||SSC||0.45||0.45 (1 yrs)|
|Brown Pelican||SSC||3.05||3.05 (1 yrs)||0.82||0.82 (1 yrs)|
|Florida Scrub-jay||T||0.01||0.01 (1 yrs)|
|Little Blue Heron||SSC||0.68||0.68 (1 yrs)||3.43||3.43 (1 yrs)|
|Peregrine Falcon||T||0.01||0.01 (1 yrs)|
|Reddish Egret||SSC||0.06||0.06 (1 yrs)||0.03||0.03 (1 yrs)|
|Tricolored Heron||SSC||0.79||0.79 (1 yrs)||1.63||1.63 (1 yrs)|
|White Ibis||SSC||12.42||12.42 (1 yrs)||22.84||22.84 (1 yrs)|
|Wood Stork||E||1.24||1.24 (1 yrs)||0.82||0.82 (1 yrs)|
Southern Leopard Frog
Rana capito aesopus
Rana clamitans clamitans
Gastrophryne carolinensis carolinensis
Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad
Eastern Spadefoot Toad
Eleutherodactylus planirostris planirostris
Little Grass Frog
Acris gryllus dorsalis
Southern Cricket Frog
Pseudacris nigrita verrucosa
Southern Chorus Frog
Pseudacris crucifer bartramania
The best conservation is done at the local level. And because amphibian populations are declining worldwide, we need to monitor the populations of frogs and toads that we have right here in Florida.
The Frog Listening Network (FLN) is a volunteer-based monitoring program in which the public is trained to collect data about frog and toad populations in west-central Florida. Volunteers learn how to identify amphibians both audibly and visually. You do not have to be a scientist to be a part of the Frog Listening Network, and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.