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Celebrate only bird found exclusively in Florida at upcoming Scrub-Jay Festival

February 09, 2016 

The festival takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail in Osprey. Immediately before the festival are 5K and 10K races to raise money specifically for the Florida scrub-jays at the park, which is one of the best places to see these songbirds on the southwest coast. 

FWC seeks information on anacondas in Brevard County

February 08, 2016 

The FWC asks the public to report to the FWC any information regarding the possible illegal breeding, possession or release of this nonnative species by calling the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 (FWCC) or by email or text to Tip@MyFWC.com. Callers may be eligible for a reward in the event of an arrest. 

FWC begins removing floating plants in Lake Istokpoga

February 08, 2016 

The FWC on Feb. 9, will begin removing 27 acres of floating plant material in Lake Istokpoga’s Big Island Marsh in Highlands County. The project is scheduled to take about two months. The plant removal includes cattail, primrose and burhead sedge, which will reduce the negative effects of decaying plant material on the marsh. 

Black Bass Management Plan yields angler benefits

February 04, 2016 

Progress has been made in all four major areas targeted in the Florida Black Bass Management Plan: new opportunities, habitat management, fish management and human dimensions. 

High water prompts temporary closures in three south Florida WMAs

February 03, 2016 

Due to recent rainfall, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily closed several activities and roads in Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). 

FWC to meet Feb. 10-11 near Tallahassee

February 01, 2016 

The FWC will meet Feb. 10-11 at the Florida Public Safety Institute, 85 Academy Drive, Havana. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. both days and the public will be provided opportunities to speak. 

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for Lake Kissimmee

January 29, 2016 

The FWC will treat portions of Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County for hydrilla the first week of February. 

Join free fun at Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

January 28, 2016 

Join friends and neighbors for free birding tours, live entertainment, exhibitors and much more at the fourth annual Birdapalooza, a celebration of the rich diversity of birds and wildlife on the shores of Lake Apopka, one of Florida’s largest lakes. 

Snook reopens in Atlantic state waters

January 27, 2016 

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31. 

Community meeting in Indian Harbour Beach on coyotes set for Feb. 11

January 26, 2016 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) met with officials from the city of Indian Harbour Beach and Satellite Beach to discuss partnering on an upcoming public meeting on coyotes. At that meeting, biologists will give a presentation and will be available to address questions and concerns from residents regarding coyotes. 

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