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black-bear-peering-around-tree-249x187Fall is an active time of year for Florida black bears as they stock up on calories for the coming winter.
sea turtle digging on beach 300Loggerhead sea turtle nesting was near a 24-year high along Florida beaches this year, according to data compiled by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers.

bow_logo 200Are you an adventurous, nature-loving woman wishing to learn more about Florida’s great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment?

life-jacket-pic-249x187Sixty-seven people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 28 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2011 Boating Accident Statistical Report.

red-cockaded-woodpecker-249x187The May 2012 First Sunday at the Refuge Presentation Series will feature Michael Keys, Wildlife Biologist, St. Marks NWR as he presents “Lightning, Longleaf and a Formerly Common Woodpecker” at 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

backyard safari logo 2 150Spring has sprung and ’tis the season of the caterpillar.

Gopher-pic1-249x187Like a baseball player stretching muscles and practicing skills during spring training, the gopher tortoise is emerging from winter dormancy and moving slowly and steadily through the landscape in search of greenery to eat and a new place to dig its burrow.

2012-regatta-header-249x187Join us at Shell Point Beach in Wakulla County for the 39th Annual Stephen C. Smith Regatta, two days of great racing, beach activities, sun, fun, food and the live auction on Sunday.

snowy-plover-275With nesting season under way for shorebirds like the snowy plover, black skimmer and American oystercatcher, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to take care not to disturb their nests.

horseshoe crabs on beach 200As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate.

kids-on-riverFor millions of Floridians and tourists, outdoor recreation and being close to nature are important facets of life, according to the State’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

sea turtle digging on beach 300The survival of sea turtle species that have been on earth 110 million years depends on a ritual that begins every spring, as females climb out of the ocean to lay their eggs.

florida-black-bear-250The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving ahead on its plan to manage and conserve Florida black bears so they are never again at risk of extinction.

bow_logo 200Wanted – adventurous and outdoorsy women wishing to learn more about Florida’s great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment.

2011-photo-contest-winners-340Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Florida State Parks Photo Contest.
backyard safari logo 2 125It’s not a typical winter morning in Florida.  Most of the state is 70 degrees and it’s January!
florida-panther-1Florida panthers are off to a rough start in 2012, with three deaths documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

ManateeAdultYoung-249x187A cold-related die-off of manatees in early 2011 set the stage for a third straight year with high numbers of deaths for the species.

happy-new-years-with-heronAs many of us prepare to hang a calendar for the new year and we flip the pages to glance in awe at photographs featuring nature’s beauty – from wild habitats to fish and wildlife or outdoor recreation – it is a good time to reflect on what it takes to make those glorious images.

first-day-hikes-imageTALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Park Service will sponsor free, guided hikes in nine state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

backyard safari logo 2 125One, two, three, four: cardinals, finches and chickadees.  How many birds can you count in your backyard this winter?

Kathy-Barco-headshot-125The holiday season is here, bringing with it some much-appreciated cooler weather to the Sunshine State.

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