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Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve - Wildlife Protection and Habitat Restoration

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Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve is an important natural resource for 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 systemwide 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.

Last Modified:
February 24, 2023 - 3:06pm

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