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Nesting sea turtles, flashing cell phone photos a bad mix

February 29, 2016 

Sea turtles have been on Earth for about 110 million years, and eager photographers are hardly a new phenomenon. However, today’s widespread use of cell phones and flash photos on the beach creates a risk for Florida’s nesting and hatchling sea turtles.  

Get ready for Florida’s spring turkey season with this advice

February 29, 2016 

For adults, the highly anticipated spring turkey season comes in first south of State Road 70 and runs from March 5 to April 10. In the rest of the state (except for Holmes County), it runs from March 19 to April 24. In Holmes County, the season is March 19 to April 3. 

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Melbourne, Fort Pierce

February 29, 2016 

The free, day-long clinics are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, 905 Shorewinds Dr., Fort Pierce, on March 11 and at Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 S. State Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach on March 12. 

With 106 snakes removed, 2016 Python Challenge™ a success

February 27, 2016 

In addition to the 2016 Python Challenge™, there are several ways the general public can continue to help the FWC manage nonnatives. People can participate in the FWC’s Python Removal Program, a year-round citizen science program that uses trained individuals to help remove pythons and collect data on pythons on state lands. The public can also help manage invasive species by reporting nonnative fish and wildlife to the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681), by reporting sightings online at IveGot1.org or by downloading the IveGot1 smartphone app. 

Santa Fe idle-speed, no-wake Zone 8 deactivates

February 26, 2016 

This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet. That went into effect Feb. 13. The levels dropped below 17 feet Feb. 24.  

Restoration project prompts temporary closure in portions of CREW Wildlife, Environmental Area

February 26, 2016 

The FWC will temporarily close portions of the CREW Wildlife and Environmental Area located in Lee and Collier counties. A restoration project in the WEA has resulted in this action. The project will commence Feb. 29 for an anticipated period of 18 months. 

FWC requests public input on updating Collier County manatee zones

February 26, 2016 

The FWC is working with Collier County and other local governments to determine whether updates are needed to manatee zones that were last reviewed and amended in 1997. The public meeting offers an opportunity for people to ask questions and provide information to FWC staff. 

Statewide manatee count consistent with previous survey

February 25, 2016 

Aerial surveys are conducted annually, weather permitting, to provide researchers with a count of manatees visible in Florida waters at the time of the survey. Through this effort, researchers know there are at least 6,250 manatees in Florida waters. 

Bowhunting safety courses offered in Broward, Palm Beach counties

February 25, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future bowhunting classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Hunter safety courses offered in March

February 25, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

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