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FWC workshop in St. Lucie County encourages local governments to conserve gopher tortoises

July 17, 2017 

The goal of these workshops is to identify ways cities and counties can participate in conserving one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition, the FWC will discuss financial incentives available for local governments. 

On July 4 give space to nesting shorebirds, sea turtles

June 29, 2017 

Please respect shorebird and sea turtle areas that are posted to protect these vulnerable species, but remember not all nests are posted.  

St. Johns River to get improved manatee protection signs

June 22, 2017 

The FWC is performing routine maintenance and replacing degraded waterway signs in the existing boundaries of the manatee zones.  

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills

June 20, 2017 

The public can report fish kills to the FWC at MyFWC.com/FishKill or by calling the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.  

FWC’s Apalachicola River wildlife habitat manager honored by Governor, Cabinet

June 15, 2017 

Matthew Hortman, an FWC biologist who works on the Apalachicola River WEA, received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s 2016 Resource Manager of the Year award at the June 14 meeting of the Governor and Cabinet in Tallahassee.  

High water prompts restrictions for 3 Everglades-area WMAs

June 14, 2017 

High water levels have prompted the FWC to issue an executive order temporarily restricting public access to Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas.  

FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes

June 08, 2017 

The meeting will focus primarily on the process for developing permitting guidelines and on interim permitting processes for Florida burrowing owls in urban areas. 

FWC and Seminole County providing discounted bear-resistant trash cans

June 01, 2017 

The FWC awarded Seminole County a $200,000 BearWise grant to help reduce prices for residents living within the Urban Bear Management Area (west of Interstate 4).  

FWC uncovers major alligator violations in long-term covert investigation

May 24, 2017 

During the course of the investigation, FWC undercover officers documented numerous criminal violations, resulting in the arrest of nine individuals for 44 felony violations. 

FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes

May 22, 2017 

The FWC will hold open-house style public meetings in June to provide information and gather input on the agency’s development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl.  

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Manatees have heavy bones that help them to submerge easily while grazing. They can stay underwater for up to 20 minutes at a time.

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