Park, Forest In Florida Important Bird Habitats

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The National Audubon Society and BirdLife International have designated the Citrus and Croom tracts of Withlacoochee State Forest along with Dry Tortugas National Park as significant areas for wild bird habitats.

The two groups named the park and forest “Important Bird Areas” on Thursday.

There are now 37 global IBAs in Florida.

More than 300 native bird species have been spotted at Dry Tortugas National Park and is the only known nesting site of Bridled Terns and Magnificent Frigatebirds in the United States.

The Withlacoochee State Forest has a significant population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman’s Sparrow and Bobwhite Quail — and important sandhill crane habitat.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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