Sandhill Cranes can often be spotted roaming around a golf course or local park. They are classified as a protected species by the state of Florida and rely on wetlands in order to build their nests.
Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are very similar in appearance to herons but can be easily identified by the red skin on their head. Sandhill Cranes can be seen flying with their necks completely outstretched as opposed to herons, which are known to fly with their necks tucked in. Abundant in Florida, these majestic birds can be seen foraging even in Florida’s urban areas. In order to nest, however, Florida’s wetlands must be preserved and the Sandhill Cranes must be allowed to occupy them.
In contrast with other protected species, the presence of Sandhill Cranes on the property could actually be a benefit to landowners. Sandhill Cranes do not impact mitigation on their own behalf but actually improve mitigation for wetland quality and could improve the value of the wetlands for the landowner.
In the video below, Elaine Imbruglia of Modica & Associates sits down with The Land Journal to discuss Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife mitigation in the state of Florida.
Elaine has 24 years of experience in ecological consulting and scientific studies. She has worked for the private, public and non-profit sectors. Imbruglia specializes in comprehensive environmental planning and strategic site design for large-scale projects.
Richard Dempsey, ALC, is a licensed real estate associate specializing in all types of agricultural land, citrus groves, large acreage tracts, ranches, hunting/recreational tracts, and commercial/development land. He has been associated with SVN Saunders Real Estate since 2000. Learn more about Richard.
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