Unlike humans, who have managed to spread and dominate nearly everywhere they go, most species are just out of luck once left without a home.
That's why the situation is now so grim for many South Florida natives, including the Florida bonneted bat and several other federally protected plants and butterflies. Unchecked urban and agricultural sprawl have destroyed all but 2 percent of their increasingly rare pine rockland homes.
Now construction of the ironically named Coral Reef Commons (a shopping mall anchored by a Walmart) and Miami Wilds (yet another Florida theme park) on this rare habitat adds insult to injury. And one species -- the fierce, mandible-mashing Miami tiger beetle -- was recently thought extinct until it was rediscovered nestled between the mall and theme park's footprint.
In January 2015 Miami-Dade County commissioners will vote on a proposal that would label this rare pine rockland habitat a "blight" and a "slum," which could give developers a tax break and social license to destroy the land.
January 24, 2015 Action Alert ID# 172
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