South Region Volunteer Program

The South Region Volunteer Program involves a wide range of nature-based projects aimed at conserving, monitoring and protecting species and habitats. By volunteering with the FWC you can play an active role in fish and wildlife conservation.

 

iguanaBlack Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Black spiny-tailed iguanas pose a threat to the state-threatened Florida Burrowing owl. Both species shelter and nest in burrows, and thus, iguanas displace the owls. Volunteers assist with trapping and removing iguanas from areas with the presence of owls. This project can run throughout the entire year, but it is more frequent from October to May.

 

Burrowing OwlFlorida Burrowing Owl

FWC staff, in collaboration with the Florida Audubon Society, install artificial burrows for the Florida Burrowing owl as a habitat enhancement measure. Volunteers can learn how to build artificial burrows and assist with burrow installation, monitoring and maintenance if needed.

 

shorebirdsShorebirds and Seabirds

As partners of the Florida Shorebird Alliance, FWC staff monitor shorebirds and seabirds during the breeding season. Volunteers can be involved with bird surveys, sign posting for beach nesting birds, habitat enhancement and bird stewardship. The monitoring component of this volunteer opportunity runs from March to August. Volunteers who are familiar with shorebird and seabird species are preferred.

 

Deer Surveys

During high water events, White-tailed deer congregate in higher-ground areas to avoid flooded terrains. This clustered distribution stresses the deer so FWC staff conduct weekly spotlight surveys in Wildlife Management Areas to monitor deer populations. This volunteer opportunity is dependent upon water levels on the landscape.

 

Butterfly GardenButterfly Garden

The Everglades Wildlife Management Area East Recreational site offers the public a wildlife viewing opportunity. The butterfly garden has native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers that provide habitat for butterflies and other wildlife. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the garden and record what species are utilizing the area. This project needs volunteers throughout the entire year.

 

WorkdayNative Planting and Invasive Plant Workdays

FWC staff undertake native plantings on lead Wildlife Management Areas, Critical Wildlife Areas and other cooperatively managed public lands. Staff also organize workdays to remove invasive plants and to survey invasive species to assist with future management efforts. Volunteers are needed to participate in native planting and invasive plant workdays as well as surveying invasive species.

 

SVolunteer-CleanUp.jpegClean-Ups

Debris and litter pose a threat to wildlife, humans, and the environment. Animals can die from becoming entangled or from ingesting debris. Volunteers are needed to participate in coastal or inland clean-ups along waterways.

 

Community Outreach

FWC staff attend community events throughout the south region and are always looking for assistance with these events. As a volunteer, you can help set-up and disassemble the event and talk with the public. Events include the South Florida State Fair, the Outdoor Adventure Day and different nature-based festivals.

For more information on volunteer opportunities in the South Region or to sign up as a volunteer, email the volunteer coordinator or call our South Regional Office at (561) 625-5122.



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Vessel operators must make a reasonable effort to stay at least 300 feet from divers-down flags on open waters.

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