The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a 5-year status review of 42 threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants in the southeast.
The 5-year reviews are done to see whether the plants and animals are still endangered or whether they can be reclassified.
There are two species on the list that you can only find in our area.
Those are the Chapman’s Rhododendron which you can only find in Gulf, Gadsden and Liberty counties and the Florida Torreya which is now found in the wild only along the Apalachicola River in the Florida Panhandle and southernmost Georgia.
They are also looking at the St. Andrew beach mouse which is only found in Bay and Gulf Counties as well as three freshwater mussel species found in our area including the fat three-ridge, the shiny-rayed pocketbook and the oval pigtoe.
Other species being reviewed are the Red-cockaded woodpecker, the Florida bonneted bat, and the American crocodile among many others.