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Shorebird art contest: Kids celebrating mothers and chicks

April 29, 2016 

The FWC and Audubon Florida are launching an art contest for kids to celebrate moms and raise awareness about beach-nesting shorebirds and seabirds in Florida.  

Help plan the future of Platt Branch Wildlife and Environmental Area

April 26, 2016 

A 10-year plan for the Platt Branch WEA will be presented at a public hearing in Highlands County on Thursday, May 5. People are invited to attend the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Sebring Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave. 

Spring has sprung and outdoor opportunities abound

April 07, 2016 

From hitting the beach to hiking a Wildlife Management Area trail, spring in the Sunshine State provides countless outdoor recreation opportunities. It’s also a great time of the year to see some of the state’s fascinating wildlife species.  

Help beach-nesting shorebirds by giving them space

March 22, 2016 

Shorebird nesting season is underway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida and the FWC reminds beachgoers to watch out for and to avoid disturbing birds and their young.  

Be a citizen-scientist: Help FWC monitor horseshoe crabs spawning on beaches

March 08, 2016 

Beachgoers lucky enough to spot horseshoe crabs are asked to note how many they see and whether the horseshoe crabs are mating. In addition, biologists ask observers to provide the date, time, location, habitat type and environmental conditions – such as tides and moon phase – when a sighting occurs. 

Restoration project prompts temporary closure in portions of CREW Wildlife, Environmental Area

February 26, 2016 

The FWC will temporarily close portions of the CREW Wildlife and Environmental Area located in Lee and Collier counties. A restoration project in the WEA has resulted in this action. The project will commence Feb. 29 for an anticipated period of 18 months. 

Partners expand access to the outdoors by donating Trackchairs to the FWC

February 19, 2016 

Anglers, hunters and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts with impairments will have greater access to the outdoors, thanks to a group of partners who have pledged to donate Action Trackchairs to the FWC. The Trackchairs, which are off-road wheelchairs that allow users to navigate unpaved surfaces such as hiking trails, shooting ranges, lakes and beaches, will be made available through the FWC’s Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network. 

Help plan the future of Tenoroc Fish Management Area

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. 

Celebrate only bird found exclusively in Florida at upcoming Scrub-Jay Festival

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. 

Join free fun at Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

January 28, 2016 

Join friends and neighbors for free birding tours, live entertainment, exhibitors and much more at the fourth annual Birdapalooza, a celebration of the rich diversity of birds and wildlife on the shores of Lake Apopka, one of Florida’s largest lakes. 

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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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