Educating the public who enjoy our beaches and coastal areas, as well as local government staff and other land managers about the importance of coastal areas for wildlife habitat in addition to recreation and public use is an important goal for CWCI.



Be A Beach Hero


Be a Beach Hero Adobe PDF

There are many ways you can be a Beach Hero!  The materials and sites below offer information on how you can enjoy your day at the beach and reduce your coastal “footprint,” so that you don’t inadvertently harm the animals and plants that live there.


Grow a Better Beach Adobe PDF
Share the Beach-Helpful Info for Beach Visitors During Sea Turtle Nesting Season Adobe PDF
Share the Beach-Beach Furniture and Sea Turtles Adobe PDF
Share the Beach- with Beach Nesting Birds Adobe PDF
Shorebird-Friendly Photography Guide Adobe PDF
Florida Shorebird Alliance
External Website
Enjoy Wildlife Viewing From a Distance Adobe PDF
Don’t Release Unwanted Pets Adobe PDF
Impacts of Free-Ranging Domestic Cats on Wildlife in Florida
Adobe PDF
The Florida Boating and Angling Guide Series External Website
Florida Coastal Access Guide External Website
Lionfish - Portrait of an Invasion Adobe PDF
Hooked A Seabird? Don't Cut the Line!
What to do if you hook a pelican! Adobe PDF External Website
Marine Clean-up Training Manual Adobe PDF External Website
Sea Turtle Sign Adobe PDF
Dogs on the Beach Adobe PDF


Beach WrackBeach wrack (seaweed that washes up on the beach) harbors food and provides cover for wildlife and promotes the growth of new dunes, which help keep our beaches from washing or blowing away.

The Wrack Community Adobe PDF
Share the Beach: Beach cleaning practices to minimize impacts to protected shorebirdsAdobe PDF
Guidelines for Beach Cleaning During Sea Turtle Nesting Season Adobe PDF
Beach Wrack Flyer Adobe PDF
Beach Wrack ID Guide Adobe PDF



truck in foredunesDriving on the beach can crush or disturb vulnerable wildlife, but there are things you can do to reduce the chances of that happening. Whether you drive as part of your job (as a lifeguard or emergency responder, for example), or in a place that allows recreational beach driving, the materials below can help ensure you’re doing your part to minimize impacts.

Beach Driver Training - Part 1: Sea Turtles (video, 13mins)
Beach Driver Training - Part 2: Shorebirds (video, 8mins)
Best Management Practices for Operating Vehicles on the Beach Adobe PDF
Beach Driver Training Course Transcript
Adobe PDF
Beach Driver Training Course Instructions Adobe PDF 


terrapinDiamondback terrapins are the only North American turtles that live exclusively in estuaries, a trait shared by few, if any, other turtles in the world.  They are attracted to the bait in crab traps, and can die within hours if they are caught in traps and cannot surface to breath.  Using Bycatch Reduction Devices can help keep terrapins out of your traps - and keep them from eating your crab bait!

Best Practices for Recreational Blue Crab Trapping - Adobe PDF Flyer
Best Practices for Recreational Blue Crab Trapping - Adobe PDF Poster
Crab Trap Bycatch Reduction Device Instructions Adobe PDF
Crab Trap BRD Pickup Locations 



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program External Website
Florida Bird Conservation Initiative

Florida Shorebird Database

Marine Resources Geographic Information System External Website
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange
External Website
Wildlife and Climate Change

FWC Facts:
Prescribed burns help prevent more serious wildfires and are good for wildlife such as white-tailed deer.

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