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There are 196 species of breeding birds in Florida. Read the Breeding Bird Atlas to see where they live and find out fascinating facts about these species. Learn about the joint effort to re-establish magnificent Whooping Cranes in Florida.

Bald Eagle Nest Locator

Use the Eagle Nest Locater to locate FWC-documented bald eagle nesting territories and view their locations in map and spreadsheet form.

Bird Mortality Reporting

Report a bird die-off to the FWC.

Breeding Bird Atlas

Welcome to the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas! The Atlas project attempted to record the breeding distributions of all bird species in the state during 1986-1991.

Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

The Florida grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) is a fascinating grassland bird found only in the dry prairies of south-central Florida. This non-migratory subspecies is critically endangered as a result of range wide habitat loss, restricted distribution and population decline. Its secretive behavior makes this bird a challenge for biologists and land managers who work hard to slow its decline by identifying limiting factors and implementing management actions.

Florida Shorebird Database

The Florida Shorebird Database is the central repository for data collected on shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. It is an online tool with a data entry interface that allows you to submit and manage your observations. Once the data is entered, it is available to anyone with internet access thereby allowing researchers, managers, conservationists, and permit reviewers to use your information to help conserve shorebirds and seabirds.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Information about recent Ivory-billed Woodpecker sightings in Florida.

Mottled Ducks

Learn about the Florida mottled duck.

Painted Bunting

The colorful painted bunting occurs in two geographically distinct breeding populations: eastern and western. The eastern population is limited to coastal areas from North Carolina to northern Florida, and inland along large rivers.

Image by Dr. James A. Rotenberg

Southeastern American Kestrel

The Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) is a non-migratory subspecies of kestrel found in open pine savannahs, sandhills, prairies, and pastures in Florida and the southeastern United States. It is listed as threatened in Florida due to a decline in nesting and foraging habitat. Learn how biologists are using nest box programs to increase populations of this rare bird.

Waterbird Colony Locator

Locate and identify the waterbirds of Florida.

Whooping Crane

Learn how biologists have joined other agencies to re-introduce whooping cranes in Florida. Report whooping crane sightings.

Wood Storks

The wood stork (Mycteria americana) was studied during a 5-year multi-state project in connection with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read the results of the study and learn interesting facts about the only stork native to the United States.

FWC Facts:
Sunshine bass are bred at FWC hatcheries by crossing white bass with striped bass. Approximately 1 million sunshine bass are stocked in Florida each year.

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