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June 24, 2018

Environment

FWC offers additional BearWise funding to reduce conflicts

For a third year in a row, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is inviting local governments to apply for BearWise funding to help their communities reduce human-bear conflicts. Read more »
Published on 6/8/2018

Everglades National Park and FWC to Expand Python Removal Efforts

Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are partnering together to expand efforts to remove Burmese pythons from within the park. The partnership will expand the park's Python Removal Authorized Agent Program by allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons in Everglades National Park. Read more »
Published on 6/1/2018

FWC investigating freshwater turtle die-off in central Florida, asks public to report sightings

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a die-off of freshwater turtles and is asking the public to assist by providing information. Dead turtles have been reported along the St. Johns River watershed including water bodies in Orange, Seminole and Putnam counties. The FWC would like to learn about any other areas of the state that may be impacted. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2018

FWC Commission shark update

After listening to public comments on and discussing the current and future management of sharks in Florida at the April meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to continue to stay engaged on all shark-related issues and to pursue development of draft regulations for shore-based shark fishing. Read more »
Published on 5/1/2018

At long last, Florida Forever program can help wildlife

From the Defenders of Wildlife Read more »
Published on 3/19/2018

Groundbreaking at NSU's Tampa Bay regional campus

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the Patel Family Foundation will be breaking ground on Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. on the new 325,000-square-foot Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, Fla. When construction is complete, it will replace NSU's existing Tampa Campus and its programs, and will include a new site for the university's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Read more »
Published on 3/7/2018

Shark migration season begins in Southeast Florida

Last year, the number of migrating sharks to South Florida greatly declined, a research scientist from FAU said. Read more »
Published on 3/2/2018

Chemical break down

A Gainesville couple's company targets oxalate overload. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Mosaic's Next Chapter

The successful Streamsong development has provided phosphate mining company Mosaic with part of the template for its future, but not a whole plan. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Report fish and wildlife sightings with FWC's new app

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites Florida residents and visitors to take an active role in conservation by reporting fish and wildlife observations with the new FWC Reporter app. Read more »
Published on 2/20/2018

Florida Dry Season Stuck in Rain Delay

Normally during the winter months, Florida lives up to its “Sunshine State” moniker as the dry season officially takes over. Apparently for this go-round, Mother Nature has not received the memo yet. Read more »
Published on 2/16/2018

Brevard County Shore Protection Project underway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that the Brevard County Shore Protection Project is underway. Read more »
Published on 2/16/2018

New FWC rule prohibits feeding of wild monkeys

At its December 2017 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to prohibit the feeding of wild monkeys in order to promote greater public safety and decrease health concerns associated with these animals. This amendment to the General Prohibition Rule went into effect Feb. 11. Free-roaming, non-human primates join coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bears, pelicans and sandhill cranes as species included in this rule. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2018

UF reports 2017 as average year for worldwide shark attacks, deaths

With 88 reported unprovoked shark attacks and five fatalities worldwide, 2017 was “just an average year,” according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File. Read more »
Published on 2/7/2018

Clean manufacturing: A business profile of Innova

Innova's home panels weather Mother Nature's best shot and are energy-efficient. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2018

River Advocates Optimistic About Florida Vs. Georgia Water Dispute

After years of conflict, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up the case over Florida and Georgia's water disputes. Somewhat surprisingly, the justices seem sympathetic to Florida's problems, and that has some of the state's advocates feeling optimistic. Read more »
Published on 1/16/2018

From Gov. Scott's Office: Florida Leaders Applaud Governor Scott's Fight to Protect Florida's Coastline

Yesterday, following Governor Rick Scott's meeting with United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Department of the Interior announced that Florida's coastline has been removed from consideration for future oil drilling. Last week, Governor Scott requested to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss his concerns with the federal oil drilling plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration. Here's what Florida leaders are saying: Read more »
Published on 1/11/2018

Tiny treadmills help test sea turtle hatchlings stamina

To determine how well the sea turtle hatchlings could perform after their walk on the treadmill, the hatchlings swam in a small tank using a specially designed swimsuit. Researchers measured oxygen consumption and lactate accumulation as well as their breathing rates and stroke rates — that is how fast they were paddling their flippers. (Photo credit: Jay Paredes) Read more »
Published on 1/3/2018

FWC endorses national strategy aimed at conserving fish, wildlife

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in July endorsed an ambitious national strategy, presented by The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources External Website, to conserve fish and wildlife, keep thousands of U.S. species from becoming endangered, and leave a legacy of healthy wildlife populations for future generations. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2017

FWC awards BearWise funding to 10 communities to reduce human-bear conflicts

Unsecured trash is the No. 1 reason that Florida black bears enter neighborhoods and come into conflict with people, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is awarding 10 communities with a total of $515,283 to address this critical issue. Read more »
Published on 11/20/2017

Green sea turtle nest numbers hit record in 2017

Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced a record year for the number of green sea turtle nests in Florida. FWC staff documented approximately 39,000 green sea turtle nests, based on 27 Florida index beaches used to assess nesting trends. Read more »
Published on 11/20/2017

Gov. Scott's 'Securing Florida's Future Budget' includes historic investment to protect Florida's environment

Governor Rick Scott's Securing Florida's Future budget recommends more than $1.7 billion to protect and enhance Florida's environment - a more than $220 millionincrease over the current year. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2017

Reality, Risk & Rising Seas

From tourism to transport, the economy of Florida is anchored in its coastal communities. The shifting line between water and beach has a major impact on local governments' ability to manage costs, infrastructure and liability. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Learning to live with water

Forget climate change histrionics; the seas around Florida have been rising foreons. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

Sea-level rise and Florida: 2050 - 2075

What We'll See: Millennial generation Floridians, by this period in their senior years, will be living in a Florida much changed from that of their youth. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

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Sea turtles Skipper and Ginny were released Thursday, June 21, 2018 after recovering from medical problems at the Brevard Zoo. (There is no audio track on this video from the Brevard Zoo.)

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