Florida’s State Wildlife Grants - 2013 Proposed Projects

Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative is excited to announce projects selected for the 2013 State Wildlife Grants cycle!

During the past year, Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative has worked with numerous external and internal partners in developing project scopes of work, drafting and posting announcements, and reviewing submissions. Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative Goal Teams developed the following projects through both the general and targeted processes.  Of the twenty-eight proposals received, nineteen are recommended to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for funding. The proposed awards, listed below, total $1.5 million and will help Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative achieve its 2012 to 2017 goals.



Project Title

Principal Investigator Affiliation


Climate Change Impacts to Freshwater Stream Resources in the Florida Panhandle



Implementation of a Scenario-Based Model of Adaptation Planning for the South Florida Marine Environment (KeysMAP)


Data Gaps

Filling in Data Gaps for Obligate Invertebrate Commensals of the Gopher Tortoise

Florida Natural Areas Inventory


Addressing Data Gaps of the Everglades Mink and the Sherman's Short-Tailed Shrew



Worthington's Marsh Wren Abundance and Habitat Associations in Northeast Florida



Seasonal Movements of White-Crowned Pigeons (Patagioenis leucocephala) Tracked by Satellite Telemetry: Identifying Transnational Threats, Management Needs, and Conservation Opportunities

Avian Research and Conservation Institute


Establishing Protocols for the Assessment of Gastropod Abundance and Life History Parameters Across Multiple Habitats Using the Banded Tulip,Fasciolaria lilium,as the Model Species



Post-Restoration Evaluation of Chipola River Freshwater Invertebrate Indicator Communities



Landscape-Level In-Stream Habitat Mapping: Side Scan Sonar



Net Ecosystem Productivity and Calcification as Predictors of Optimal Habitat forAcropora cervicornisNursery Outplants



Coral Settlement at Patch Reefs in the Florida Keys



Development of a Protocol to Assess the Health of Hatchery-Bred Long-Spined Sea Urchins (Diadema antillarum) in Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Efforts

University of Florida


Identification of Suitable Coral Restoration Sites and Resilient Coral Reef Communities Through Assessment of Existing Coral Monitoring Data



Evaluating the Role That the Predatory SnailThais deltoideaHas on Enhancing Survival of Outplanted Staghorn Corals as Part of a Comprehensive Coral Reef Restoration Strategy



Continuation of the Coastal Habitat Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program (CHIMMP)



Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring in the Florida Panhandle and Offshore Big Bend Region



Goethe State Forest Mesic Pine Flatwoods and Sandhill Restoration Project

Florida Forest Service


Fire Line Preparation and Fuel Reduction at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Florida Park Service


Florida Fire and Ecosystem Restoration Teams

The Nature Conservancy


Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative thanks the FWC staff from many sections and the external partners without whom the 2013 State Wildlife Grants cycle would not have been successful. Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative also thanks the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida field offices and the Region 4 office in Atlanta for assistance and for providing the funding that makes these projects possible.

If you are interested in State Wildlife Grants funding, contact Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative. And visit Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative's website for updates and for the 2014 State Wildlife Grants cycle announcement this summer!

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