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Citizen Science

FWC volunteer participates in a trawl study on the Escambia River.

Citizen science is a smart, collaborative strategy that enhances the FWC’s ability to conserve Florida’s diversity of fish and wildlife species and their habitats; and for you, it can be a fun and educational experience as you participate in the scientific process. You can get involved as a citizen scientist and assist the FWC with research and management efforts through volunteering and interning for projects that involve biological sampling and monitoring.

However, there are plenty of opportunities to be a citizen scientist by just sharing what you see and experience when you participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, biking, bird watching, fishing, boating, photography or sitting in a backyard or on a park bench. The information you provide is valuable, giving our staff an enhanced, up-to-date picture of the status of Florida’s fish and wildlife. Visit sightings, surveys and hotlines to share your experiences, which will help the FWC expand our knowledge to better manage Florida's natural resources for you and future generations.