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Help keep nesting waterbirds safe: Give them space

April 13, 2017 

People can help keep nesting waterbirds safe by keeping their distance from them and Critical Wildlife Areas. 

FWC provides tips for living with alligators

April 12, 2017 

During spring when temperatures rise, alligators become more active. Although alligator incidents are rare, the FWC recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water.  

FWC, partners relocating Florida scrub-jays to increase populations

April 12, 2017 

The goal is to relocate – or “translocate” – birds from a stable population in the Ocala National Forest to areas of restored scrub habitat not yet discovered by Florida scrub-jays.  

Be bat aware: Maternity season starts April 16

April 11, 2017 

Florida’s four-month bat maternity season starts April 16 and lasts through Aug. 14. The FWC reminds the public they cannot do exclusions to remove bats from buildings during this time when bats are giving birth and raising their young.  

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 23, 2017 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1, and will reopen Aug. 6.  

Keep a lookout for manatees in motion this spring

March 22, 2017 

From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft.  

FWC plans prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

March 14, 2017 

The FWC is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on 2,500 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Kissimmee River and Buckhead Ridge Canal. 

Explore Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas with FWC’s Geocaching Challenge!

March 13, 2017 

It’s your chance to join a modern-day treasure hunt while soaking in the beauty of the wildlife and scenery on lead WMAs managed by the FWC. 

Growing Florida panther population can lead to increased interactions with people

March 13, 2017 

Over the past few decades, the panther population has grown significantly. As the population grows, the chance for interaction between panthers and humans also increases – which can be bad for both people and panthers. 

Be a citizen-scientist this horseshoe crab spawning season

March 09, 2017 

Biologists with the FWC are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. For 15 years, citizens have reported horseshoe crab sightings to the FWC, providing important information about population distribution.  

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FWC Facts:
Horseshoe crabs are not crabs. They are in a class by themselves and are more closely related to spiders, scorpions and ticks.

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