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FWC certifies new state record shoal bass

November 22, 2017 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists certified a new state record shoal bass weighing 5.95 pounds and measuring 22.4 inches long, caught by 14-year-old angler Sheldon Grace from Headland, Alabama. Sheldon was excited to catch his shoal bass from a kayak in the Chipola River near Altha, Florida. 

FWC awards BearWise funding to 10 communities to reduce human-bear conflicts

November 17, 2017 

BearWise funding will help communities purchase and provide bear-resistant trash cans, dumpsters and other equipment to their residents at a discounted cost.  

Gov. Scott & FWC: Green sea turtle nest numbers hit record

November 17, 2017 

FWC staff documented approximately 39,000 green sea turtle nests, based on 27 Florida index beaches used to assess nesting trends. 

Giving thanks for Florida’s one-of-a-kind Osceola wild turkey

November 16, 2017 

Did you know there are five subspecies of wild turkey in North America? However, Florida is the only place in the world where the Osceola subspecies is found. Also known as the Florida wild turkey, this unique bird lives only on the Florida peninsula. It's similar to the eastern subspecies, which is found in north Florida, but tends to be smaller and darker with less white barring on the wings. 

FWC holds public meetings on proposed conservation measures, permitting guidelines for burrowing owls

November 07, 2017 

FWC staff will briefly present the protections that apply to burrowing owls, the draft Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines, and anticipated next steps for this species.  

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski to move into a new arena of conservation service in 2018

November 06, 2017 

The FWC congratulates Chairman Brian Yablonski on his new position as Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center, a national conservation research institute. 

Anglers on Florida’s east coast can help FWC gather red snapper data

November 03, 2017 

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are looking for anglers’ help to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota promises day of learning, fun

November 03, 2017 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18, at Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway. 

Florida manatees on the move, public stewardship on the water makes a difference

November 01, 2017 

With the arrival of Manatee Awareness Month, people again are slowing down and looking out for these large aquatic mammals in waterways throughout the state.  

Pledge to take someone hunting this fall

November 01, 2017 

Whether you prefer small-game hunting with friends and family or hunting solo and going after that monster buck, boar hog or big tom, November brings loads of great hunting opportunities. 

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FWC Facts:
The painted bunting is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in the eastern U.S. Surveys show an astounding 4-6 percent annual decrease in its numbers from 1966 to 2007.

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