March 01, 2016
The FWC and Zoo Miami are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on March 12. This free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the zoo at 12400 SW 152 St. in Miami.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 19, 2016
The FWC will hold a public meeting on Feb. 23, to discuss the management of aquatic plants in five Tallahassee area lakes (Jackson, Carr, Iamonia, Miccosukee and Munson). The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 170 at the Carr Building, 3800 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee.
February 17, 2016
A 10-year plan for the Tenoroc Fish Management Area will be presented at a Thursday, Feb. 25, public hearing in Polk County. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Johnny and Freda Brooks Eloise Resource Center.
February 11, 2016
Helen Roth, a Gadsden County landowner, is the 2015 Florida Land Steward Landowner of the Year. The FWC recognized her Feb. 11 for the honor bestowed on her by the Florida Land Steward partnership and for her dedicated work as a private landowner conserving Florida wildlife and habitat.
February 11, 2016
To learn more about private land partnerships and the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program visit MyFlorida.com/lap.
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.