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FWC Moves Forward On Plan to Manage, Conserve Florida Black Bears

FWC Moves Forward On Plan to Manage, Conserve Florida Black BearsThe 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. With the bear population rebounding from about 300 to 3,000 over the
   

Women's Outdoor Workshop Coming to Ocala in March

Women's Outdoor Workshop Coming to Ocala in MarchWanted – adventurous and outdoorsy women wishing to learn more about Florida’s great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment. If this could be you, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to participate
   

Florida State Parks Announces 2011 Photo Contest Winners

Florida State Parks Announces 2011 Photo Contest WinnersTallahassee - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Florida State Parks Photo Contest. First place winner Jean Clark’s photo, Bobcats, was taken at Ellie Schiller Homo
   

Backyard Safari: Legends of the Crow

Backyard Safari:  Legends of the CrowIt’s not a typical winter morning in Florida.  Most of the state is 70 degrees and it’s January! Everything outside is brown, bare and dull.  The only noise is the rustling of leaves and the coo of mourning doves.  Then, loud and clear in t
   

Three Florida Panthers Die in Early 2012

Three Florida Panthers Die in Early 2012Florida panthers are off to a rough start in 2012, with three deaths documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Last year, 24 Florida panther deaths were recorded, but FWC biologists also observed 11 radio-collared females
   

Annual Manatee Death Count Shows Cold Weather an Unusually Big Factor Again

Annual Manatee Death Count Shows Cold Weather an Unusually Big Factor AgainA 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. Biologists with the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) documented 453 manatee
   

New Year's Messages from the FWC

New Year's Messages from the FWCAs 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
   

Florida Park Service to Celebrate New Year with First Day Hikes

Florida Park Service to Celebrate New Year with First Day HikesTALLAHASSEE - 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. America’
   

Backyard Safari: Count Birds Instead of Staying Inside This Winter

Backyard Safari:  Count Birds Instead of Staying Inside This WinterOne, two, three, four: cardinals, finches and chickadees.  How many birds can you count in your backyard this winter? While you may not hear their boisterous whistles and tweets like you do in spring, birds are still in your backyard. 
   

Hunting Season a Perfect Time for Conservation-Minded Holiday Sharing

Hunting Season a Perfect Time for Conservation-Minded Holiday SharingThe holiday season is here, bringing with it some much-appreciated cooler weather to the Sunshine State. Many of us will be taking time off from work, and children will be out of school on winter break soon.  For me, this much-needed vacation
   

FWC Shares Black Bear Conservation Success, Solicits Feedback on New Bear Management Plan

FWC Shares Black Bear Conservation Success, Solicits Feedback on New Bear Management PlanAfter dwindling to as few as 300 bears in the 1970s, the Florida black bear population has rebounded to an estimated 3,000 bears today. Bears and their cubs roam forests and swamps from Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle to Ocala National Forest
   

FWC Wildlife Alert Program Now Includes Text Messaging

FWC Wildlife Alert Program Now Includes Text MessagingThe Wildlife Alert Reward Program has helped the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) catch thousands of violators through phone calls and online submissions from the public.  Now, it is employing an additional method:  text
   

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