Stop further development on the FAU Preserve; SAVE the FAU Preserve
The FAU Preserve is home to the Burrowing Owl, the threatened Gopher Tortoise, and many other plant and animal species. Since 2009, the preserve has decreased more than 40 acres in size, and there are current blueprints in place to build "phase 2' of new dormitories on another 40 acres. This not only crowds the tortoises into smaller and smaller areas, but the construction forces more owls farther away from the campus as their burrows are covered up. It is ironic and unfortunate as the Owl is our school's mascot, and FAU was declared an Owl Santuary in 1971 by the audobon society. If the habitat becomes too small, tortoises can be relocated, however, due to their threatened status and lack of information on how moving these animals affects their health, we would like to keep these animals here and not move them over and over again as their habitats slowly diminish and humans continue to destroy their habitat. Current research within the Preserve also suggests that moving tortoises to new areas may negatively effect the new tortoise population's health.
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