Reduce your use of plastic and paper packaging (grocery bags and water bottles), consume less potable water with restrictive shower heads and low volume toilets. Irrigate only when necessary. Use native flora and landscaping near your home. Use energy efficient lighting and AC systems as needed. See more tips at Many animals and birds are protected species under law. The Florida Wildlife Commission lists hundreds of endangered species. Your local wildlife center and state parks are excellent sources of information. Protected animals include the Florida panther, manatee, scrub jay, and gopher tortoise to name a few.  Florida is experiencing rapidly rising seas. A large coastal population, porous bedrock, frequent tropical storms, and poor drainage exasperate the problem. Widespread areas are likely to see sea level rise and storm surge totals over 4 additional feet in 10 years. Information on is useful.