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  • November | 2011 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    the water It s an opportunity to get close to nature and break the routine of work school or retirement The peaceful challenge of trying to find attract and catch your piscatorial prey is made possible in part by the scientific management and conservation laws that sustain sport fish populations The goal is for everyone to be able to share in the pleasure and to provide a sustainable harvest So when you see someone threatening those resources by damaging habitat polluting the water using illegal gear taking more than the bag limit or keeping undersized fish you probably wish you could do something Well you can You have several options but the newest most real time option is to silently send a text message to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC Conscientious anglers and boaters can text Tip MyFWC com standard usage fees may apply The text messaging option makes it more convenient for the public said Col Jim Brown director of the FWC s Division of Law Enforcement We also hope it will make Wildlife Alert even more effective in catching poachers and other violators Being able to do so quickly and efficiently is crucial Cell phones and now texting help get information to a conservation officer while the possible crime is still ongoing Once a report is initiated FWC dispatchers can respond via text message to the reporting party to gather additional details Other Ways to Report a Violation Over the years the Wildlife Alert Reward Program has helped the FWC catch thousands of violators Boaters and anglers can call 888 404 FWCC 3922 or simply dial FWC or FWC depending on service provider Violations can also be reported online MyFWC com WildlifeAlert How Wildlife Alert Works When submitting information it is important to include as much information as possible such as the specific violation and the location Don t forget to include physical descriptions of violators and vehicles license tag numbers etc Such details are important to ensure an officer can respond effectively Callers and online reporters may remain anonymous they do not have to provide their names or email addresses and they will not be required to testify in court A confidential code number is provided so you will be eligible for a reward either by text email or calling 888 404 FWCC Trained dispatchers handle Wildlife Alert contacts 24 hours a day seven days a week When people s information results in an arrest they may become eligible for a reward of up to 1 000 Many conservation minded people don t even claim the reward because helping get the violators off the water or saving a life by reporting unsafe boaters including boating under the influence is reward enough The real beauty of the program is that violators through court fines are the ones who pay the reward money When a violator is found guilty the judge can require a portion of the fine to be paid into the Wildlife Alert Reward

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  • October | 2011 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    panther 130 a young male panther whose positions were recorded over a 3 year period Or did you know that the Apalachicola River and its surrounding natural habitats are one of the top rare species hotspots in the United States The new Atlas of Florida s Natural Heritage is a book that shows the reader the uniqueness of Florida s natural areas The high quality full color Atlas is sure to become a standard reference for anyone involved in the conservation management study or enjoyment of Florida s rich natural resources With its colorful maps graphics and photographs the authors want the Atlas to inspire educate and raise awareness of and interest in biodiversity and conservation issues Florida s biodiversity is a primary reason why so many people love to live here and why so many tourists visit our state The Atlas is divided into three primary sections Elements of Biodiversity characterize the diversity and distribution of communities and species across the state Notable Natural Areas shifts the emphasis to place and ties together the individual elements of natural heritage to highlight outstanding natural places in Florida Designed to look like a researcher s field notebook maps for each of these notable regions in Florida feature a beautiful hand drawn style and are complimented with stunning photos and other sketches of species found there Biodiversity Conservation outlines major challenges threatening Florida s natural resources some notable efforts to prioritize places for conservation and Florida s landmark conservation strategy the acquisition and management of conservation lands Hopefully the Atlas of Florida s Natural Heritage will increase awareness of the resources we take for granted and the challenges we face in preserving them The Atlas is an up to date well researched and richly illustrated compendium of Florida s natural diversity and

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  • September | 2011 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    later determined the channelized water flow prevented water running off from Orlando from being cleaned up As a result water quality from the Kissimmee and into Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades suffered Recognizing this fact prompted Congress to authorize the U S Army Corps of Engineers to restore the basin in 1992 Working with state agencies cattle ranchers and environmental groups the restoration of the Kissimmee is in fact nearly complete Land surrounding the basin has been purchased as well as development rights to cattle ranching lands Besides serving as a critical habitat and water resource for central and south Florida the Kissimmee s restoration is helping ensure Florida s cattle industry continues to thrive Many ranchers also experienced difficulty and water shortages from the channelization Therefore they ve been critically interested in restoring the basin and ensure their way of life is able to continue Watch a preview of the high definition film below Full release should be in the near future Posted in Get Outdoors Tagged ecosystems Fishing Outdoors Florida Wildlife Federation Kids Fishing Day Posted on September 27 2011 by cole admin On Saturday September 24 Preston Robertson led the first ever Kids Fishing Day at the FWF River Preserve in northern Leon County on the Ochlockonee River Preston who is FWF VP for Conservation and General Counsel invited children to come for a day of fun on the River Over 50 kids accompanied by parents came to fish enjoy a nature based scavenger hunt and have lunch Each youngster received a fishing pole which they were able to take home at the end of the day FWF staff and volunteers helped Preston in a variety of ways during the day Many children caught fish and there was plenty of excitement and laughter for everyone It was

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  • August | 2011 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    the Keys they are found in tropical hardwood hammocks scrub and pine lands Related species of the Miami Blue are found in the Bahamas and the island of Haiti Although they re a beautiful sight the Miami Blue s life is relatively short males only live for about 2 days and females 5 Amazingly they never go farther than about 30 feet from where they were born The Miami Blue butterfly Cyclargus thomasi bethunebaker is what s known as sexually dimorphic meaning there are differences in form between males and females Females color is actually more of a dark gray with blue scaling back toward wing bases Males on the other hand have a more bright metallic blue dorsally The only wild population left is found in Bahia Honda State Park and a few other isolated spots in the Keys a pretty extensive captive breeding program at the University of Florida is attempting to re establish a more robust population Considering the critically low numbers some estimate as few as 50 scientists with the U S Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued an emergency rule extending temporary federal protection Florida s state wildlife agency has listed the Miami Blue as

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  • participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification In the event of a dispute as to any registration the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the registrant or player The authorized account holder is the person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address The potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder FWF is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by ticket holders lost entries or transmissions interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical human or electronic technical malfunctions of the computer hardware software or any combination thereof or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to ticket holders systems Incomplete entries will be voided All entries become the property of FWF LEGAL CONDITIONS By entering the Fish or Cruise Sweepstakes you agree to these entry terms and the following legal conditions Selection and Verification of Potential Winner FWF will randomly select one 1 Grand Prize winner from among all eligible entries received with the drawing supervised by Carroll and Co Inc Certified Public Accountants 2640 A Mitcham Drive Tallahassee Florida 32308 One replacement ticket is drawn at the end of the Sweepstakes Drawing in the event that for any reason the winner cannot be contacted Grand Prize winner must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements The Grand Prize winner will be notified by phone call mail or email after the drawing The Grand Prize winner will be required to sign and return a Receipt indicating that the Grand Prize has been received and to provide the following information to the Florida Wildlife Federation the winner s Name Address City State Zip Code Phone Number and Social Security Number This Receipt must be received by the FWF Vice President of Administration within ten 10 calendar days of the receipt of the Grand Prize FWF is required to report prize winnings of cash or prizes valued at 600 00 or more to the Internal Revenue Service Please allow 60 days for delivery of the cash prize Winner has 16 months from date of drawing i e through October 18 2016 to redeem their fishing trip to Kenai River Alaska Fishing Trip or their Panama Canal Cruise or Galapagos Island Cruise or 10 000 In the event Winner chooses one of the travel prizes Winner may not make their own travel arrangements flights to and from cruise or fishing trip Payment for trip expenses will be made directly to Winner and Winner is responsible for paying for airline tickets cruise tickets lodging expenses etc from that sum Maximum amount provided by FWF in fulfillment of a trip prize shall not exceed 10 000 00 Prizes

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  • Gulf Restoration Fish Wildlife Policy Clean Energy Everglades Restoration Regional Offices and Programs See what s going on in your region Looking for FWF s Latest News You can find it here Press Releases FWF Activities Florida News Blog Social Media Florida Fish Wildlife News Publication How to Help Support Us Membership Sweepstakes FWF Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create

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  • Florida Wildlife Federation Blog | Conservation, Florida Wildlife | Page 3
    of Fish Florida the kids took to the dark water of the river fishing for bream catfish and bass A couple of two pound large mouths were caught and released after some picture taking Several of the kids caught their first fish ever and many enjoyed simply begin out in the woods It was wonderful to see children enjoying themselves without a video screen in front of them They got wet dirty and sweaty and got a look at the beauty of the real Florida Notable events included having a four foot alligator come up on the river bank and a tussle with a large channel catfish that resulted in both mother and daughter going into the river The catfish got away We hope that all participants not only enjoyed themselves but got an appreciation of our woods and waters These youngsters may well be the conservation leaders of tomorrow Many volunteers from FWF helped make the day enjoyable Many thanks to Pat Pearson Jay Liles Tessa Kleck Danny and Jake Gwynn Shapiro Neal George and Karl Humm Riley top and Julia bottom Julia I m gonna catch a fish this big Malik with his catch Posted in Fish Get Outdoors SOFTMUD TO THE RESCUE Posted on September 20 2012 by cole admin FWF member Diane Haddick is a native Floridian who moved in the 1970s to the Washington DC area to pursue graduate studies Unfortunately to us she elected to stay in that region but we are grateful that she retains her love for the wild Florida of yore and its inhabitants and that she acts to preserve these treasures Some months ago she indicated her interest in sponsoring a number currently four of our FWF wood duck nesting boxes and requested that they be placed in appropriate sites of our choosing Following a telephone conversation with Bob Taylor she agreed that the Dead River which flows from Lake Russell in the Disney Wilderness Preserve into Lakes Hatchineha and Cypress would be perfect for these boxes This stream which is part of the upper Kissimmee chain of lakes as it existed prior to the canal building actions of Hamilton Disston meanders through many acres of cypress swamp and marshland much of which is now managed by the South Florida Water Management District SFMD It retains most of its earlier charm and is ideal wood duck habitat Unfortunately extremely low water levels and excessive amounts of hydrilla blocked our first attempt to install these nesting boxes Bob s skiff bogged down completely and water levels at that time were even too low for the airboat which SFMD latter agreed to supply Finally in August summer rains raised the water level Ayounga Reddick and Vincent Matera land managers at SFMD with their airboat transported three nest boxes the necessary tools and our FWF crew to a perfect site near where our late colleague Richard Coleman had been killed in a tragic airboat accident in 2003 The crew consisted of Richard s

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