March 24, 2016
Recently completed scientific estimates of black bear populations in Florida indicate the statewide population is now 4,350 adult bears.
March 14, 2016
The FWC’s newest way of encouraging divers to target these spiny invaders is the lionfish state records program. 477 millimeters (18.78 inches) is the current record.
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.
March 02, 2016
A 10-year plan for the management of Fort White Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Gilchrist County on Thursday, March 10. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Board of County Commissioners meeting facility, 210 S. Main Street, Trenton.
March 01, 2016
The FWC and Zoo Miami are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on March 12. This free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the zoo at 12400 SW 152 St. in Miami.
February 29, 2016
Sea turtles have been on Earth for about 110 million years, and eager photographers are hardly a new phenomenon. However, today’s widespread use of cell phones and flash photos on the beach creates a risk for Florida’s nesting and hatchling sea turtles.
February 27, 2016
In addition to the 2016 Python Challenge™, there are several ways the general public can continue to help the FWC manage nonnatives. People can participate in the FWC’s Python Removal Program, a year-round citizen science program that uses trained individuals to help remove pythons and collect data on pythons on state lands. The public can also help manage invasive species by reporting nonnative fish and wildlife to the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681), by reporting sightings online at IveGot1.org or by downloading the IveGot1 smartphone app.
February 26, 2016
The FWC is working with Collier County and other local governments to determine whether updates are needed to manatee zones that were last reviewed and amended in 1997. The public meeting offers an opportunity for people to ask questions and provide information to FWC staff.
February 25, 2016
Aerial surveys are conducted annually, weather permitting, to provide researchers with a count of manatees visible in Florida waters at the time of the survey. Through this effort, researchers know there are at least 6,250 manatees in Florida waters.
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.