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  • Two New Exhibits are MUST-SEES at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    and weeds cover most of the white sandy bottom Then Now Here in Florida we need a new way of thinking and doing for the next 500 years a mindset of environmental patriotism that defines wellbeing in terms larger than dollars John Moran With his photos John Moran hopes to bring an understanding of why our springs are in decline and inspire all Floridians to find effective timely solutions Mr Moran has partnered with Lesley Gamble and Rick Kilby to bring together scientists hydrogeologists cave divers business owners artists and advocates through the Springs Eternal Project to restore our springs and aquifer The Problem Pollution groundwater over pumping and regulatory neglect are ruining our springs Some Solutions Use less water in your daily life Grow native and use less chemical fertilizers and pesticides Visit a spring Volunteer or donate Contact your elected officials Tell them you want clean water Not green water Ask for tighter controls on groundwater pumping more effective curbs on nutrient pollution and greater protection for sensitive land nearby 6 Stay informed To see more of Mr Moran s photos of Florida s beautiful springs and how you can become part of the solution explore SpringsEternalProject org The Springs Eternal exhibit was previously on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville All photos are from the exhibit The Springs Eternal photographic exhibit is showing at the Museum of Florida History in the R A Gray Building 500 S Bronough Street Tallahassee FL 850 245 6400 It runs through May 30 2014 LINKS Florida Wildlife Federation Clean Water Initiatives Florida Wildlife Federation s Clean Water Policy and links to Clean Water related articles Floridians Clean Water Declaration Campaign The Floridians Clean Water Declaration is a positive vision to inspire people to work together to create a new water ethic find solutions to Florida s water quality and quantity problems and send a clear message to our water managers that the people of Florida demand clean water Florida s Water and Land Legacy The campaign to protect Florida s most cherished waters and natural areas The Amendment gives Florida voters a direct opportunity to keep drinking water clean protect our rivers springs and beaches and restore natural treasures like the Everglades without any increase in taxes Proposed Rule Would Close Gap in FL Water Protection March 27 2014 The Obama administration has proposed a new rule to clarify which types of water have Clean Water Act protection Silver Springs No Longer the World s Biggest First Magnitude Spring Also showing at the Museum of Florida History The Lure of Fishing exhibit spotlights the history of sport fishing in the Sunshine State from the late nineteenth century to the present with artwork historic photographs and over 100 artifacts One wall has twenty two paintings by William Aiken detailing individual species of fish from the early twentieth century You will see fish mounts deep sea fishing rods reels including a Hendryx casting reel circa 1900 1919 vintage tackle

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  • Wildlife Corridor Expedition Event at Bok Tower Was a Huge Success | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    ranches but is in jeopardy and needs to be protected The event was held to publicize the trek and to raise money for Florida s Water and Land Legacy Amendment FWLL Initiative The Legacy Initiative is now in the process of gathering petitions to place an amendment on the 2014 General Election Ballot The amendment would dedicate for twenty years one third of the net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents to a Land Acquisition Trust Fund which Florida desperately needs to acquire improve and manage watersheds to improve water quality and quantity in its springs rivers and aquifers Dedicating existing revenues to this goal is prudent and imperative both for our economy and quality of life The event sponsors and several individuals donated funds which offset all costs In addition thirteen local businesses and individuals donated items ranging from original works of art to a guided kayak tour for a silent auction which raised over 2 000 for the FWLL initiative Requests to attend this free event reached maximum capacity 225 within a week following its announcement Unfortunately more than a hundred late responders had to be told sorry the event is sold out As attendees enjoyed beverages and appetizers provided by Bok Tower they viewed and bid on items in the silent auction and networked with people from different organizations and discovered much common ground Following welcomes to the event by Bok Tower president David Price and FWF director and event organizer Bob Taylor Senator Rick Dantzler summarized the need for Florida s Water and Land Legacy Initiative and told the audience how they could help make it a reality The subsequent presentation by trekkers Stoltzfus and Ward was informative and well received As the evening drew to a close David Price reflected that bringing these

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  • Tallahassee Native Daniel Alvarez Paddles 4,000 Miles | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    His journey has taken him portaging and paddling guided by an old fur trading rout not used for 200 years down into Lake Superior along its borders to the Mississippi down the Mississippi to the Gulf and along the Gulf to the Florida panhandle As part of his Tallahassee stop Daniel gave a talk to family friends supporters and interested community members on January 21st He provided insight into his trip so far flushed out stories from his excellent blog http predictablylost com answered questions and showed off his kayak Beyond the thrill of adventure and the challenge of testing himself Daniel discussed his goals of raising awareness about public spaces and the vastness still able to be explored and enjoyed He remarked on the unique perspective that comes with seeing the landscape change by paddling something that is often lost when we fly or drive With his trip Daniel has aimed to highlight the victories losses and ongoing battles being fought to protect these invaluable areas Daniel has put his money where his mouth is donating funds he won from a contest by Outdoor Magazine to four conservation organizations Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness American Rivers Gulf Restoration

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  • Get Outdoors | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    Fishing Event at the FWF River Preserve on the Ochlocknee River on October 6 With perfect weather happy children and even some laughing parents the outing was a success Supplied with free fishing poles courtesy 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

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  • Uncategorized | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog | Page 2
    century to the present with artwork historic photographs and over 100 artifacts One wall has twenty two paintings by William Aiken detailing individual species of fish from the early twentieth century You will see fish mounts deep sea fishing rods reels including a Hendryx casting reel circa 1900 1919 vintage tackle and coveted trophies from the West Palm Beach Fishing Club and the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament There are even photos and stories of some of Florida s most famous fishermen baseball great Ted Williams author Zane Grey and of course Ernest Hemingway The mighty tarpon was the first game fish to attract large numbers of tourists to Florida Florida has a long history of lure making Some lure makers formed large companies others set up working space in their homes and made lures for their friends Frank and Linda Carter of Tallahassee loaned their lure collection to the museum It spans from 1908 thru the 1940s Back in the good ol days fishing line was made of cotton silk or linen and had to be dried between fishing trips If the line was used in saltwater it had to be rinsed with fresh water before drying The line was wrapped around a line dryer to dry Be sure and play the Wii game that helps you learn the proper technique to reel in a fish Or use the touch screens in the next booth to learn how long it takes trash in Florida s lakes and shorelines to decompose Throughout the spring and summer the Museum of History will host educational programs to accompany the fishing exhibit The Joe Budd Aquatic Center will host a hands on presentation Where Fishes Live Habitat and Anatomy Tom Knowles will lecture on the Long Key Fishing Camp that opened in 1908 and touted some of the best fishing in the world Also scheduled is a cooking demonstration by Chef Justin Timinieri of the Florida Department of Agriculture Other speakers are renowned Florida fishing and outdoor writers Doug Kelly Terry Tomalin and Mark Sosin Schedule of Events Come visit Tallahassee s Museum of Florida History and learn why Florida is named the Fishing Capital of the World The Lure of Fishing exhibit will be on display until August 26 2014 About the Museum of Florida History The Museum of Florida History is part of the Florida Department of State s Division of Cultural Affairs and is located in the R A Gray Building at 500 S Bronough Street Tallahassee FL Hours are Monday through Friday 9 00 a m to 4 30 p m Saturday 10 00 a m to 4 30 p m Sunday and holidays noon to 4 30 p m Website Phone 850 245 6400 Free parking is available in the garage next to the R A Gray building Posted in Uncategorized Dream of Long Distance Passenger Rail Service in Florida May Soon Become Reality Posted on May 10 2012 by Nate admin All Aboard Florida While not directly related

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  • cole_admin | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog | Page 2
    Daniel has aimed to highlight the victories losses and ongoing battles being fought to protect these invaluable areas Daniel has put his money where his mouth is donating funds he won from a contest by Outdoor Magazine to four conservation organizations Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness American Rivers Gulf Restoration Network and the Florida Wildlife Federation that work to protect stretches of his paddle We are hugely appreciative of his gift Daniel s parting words where that everyone should take a moment to think about an adventure they want to do then go do it Don t wait around for it to happen just go We can only hope people follow in his lead for then our wild spaces would be truly appreciated by all Daniel Alvarez on January 21 in Tallahassee Daniel s kayak was donated by Necky Kayaks Posted in Get Outdoors 1st Annual FWF Youth Congress at the Federation s 75th Anniversary Weekend Posted on November 30 2012 by cole admin 1st Annual FWF Youth Congress at the Federation s 75th Anniversary Weekend June 15 17 2012 in St Petersburg On Saturday June 16th the first annual FWF Youth Congress was held with over 50 young adults in attendance College students and graduates from across the state including IDEAS Chapters and the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at UF held a youth summit which discussed issues pertaining to Energy Food Waste Water and Ecology and sought solutions to the challenges within the five categories the five facilitators for the youth summit were Chris Castro Samantha Ruiz Henry Harding Jessica Whalen and Sarah Gledhill A call to action was established at the end of the conference for all youth attendees to get involved in local state and national issues Attendees were all present for Saturday evening s Conservation Awards Banquet The group IDEASforUS had a follow up meeting on Sunday June 17 which was open to any interested parties and focused on the organization of many new chapters of IDEAS on Florida campuses and on other state university campuses 1st Annual FWF Youth Congress on June 16 IDEAS Summit on June 17 Photo by Lou Kellenberger Pictured Front Katie Price Samantha Baraoidan Samantha Ruiz Jessica Whalen Rachel Hessling Bri Jones Middle Manley Fuller FWF President Alicia Hines Moe Corbett Steven Carrion Jacques Werleigh Danielle Rudley Andrew Kamerosky Senator Lee Constantine Chris Castro Rosanna Gill Erin Condon Mark Grafton Jaryn Thorndike Sarah Owen Gledhill FWF NE FL planning Advocate Back Danny Gwynn Shapiro FWF Publications Editor unknown Shan Kasal Sean Ehrlich Arturo Romero Henry Harding Zak Marimon Governor Bob Graham Jessica Pirkey Clayton Ferrera Alex Saunders Dan Schreiber Paige Espy Cassie McCrae Ryan Harrigan Dylan Scott Jeff Rood Hunter Miller Posted in Board Meeting Florida News 2012 Kids Fishing Event a Success Posted on October 15 2012 by cole admin By Preston Robertson The Federation held its 2 nd Annual Kids Fishing Event at the FWF River Preserve on the Ochlocknee River on October 6 With perfect

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  • Board Meeting | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    Waste Water and Ecology and sought solutions to the challenges within the five categories the five facilitators for the youth summit were Chris Castro Samantha Ruiz Henry Harding Jessica Whalen and Sarah Gledhill A call to action was established at the end of the conference for all youth attendees to get involved in local state and national issues Attendees were all present for Saturday evening s Conservation Awards Banquet The group IDEASforUS had a follow up meeting on Sunday June 17 which was open to any interested parties and focused on the organization of many new chapters of IDEAS on Florida campuses and on other state university campuses 1st Annual FWF Youth Congress on June 16 IDEAS Summit on June 17 Photo by Lou Kellenberger Pictured Front Katie Price Samantha Baraoidan Samantha Ruiz Jessica Whalen Rachel Hessling Bri Jones Middle Manley Fuller FWF President Alicia Hines Moe Corbett Steven Carrion Jacques Werleigh Danielle Rudley Andrew Kamerosky Senator Lee Constantine Chris Castro Rosanna Gill Erin Condon Mark Grafton Jaryn Thorndike Sarah Owen Gledhill FWF NE FL planning Advocate Back Danny Gwynn Shapiro FWF Publications Editor unknown Shan Kasal Sean Ehrlich Arturo Romero Henry Harding Zak Marimon Governor Bob Graham Jessica Pirkey Clayton Ferrera Alex Saunders Dan Schreiber Paige Espy Cassie McCrae Ryan Harrigan Dylan Scott Jeff Rood Hunter Miller Posted in Board Meeting Florida News FWF Board of Directors Staff and Guests Visit Egmont Key Posted on September 21 2011 by cole admin The FWF Board of Directors Staff and Guests were treated to a ferry boat ride to Egmont Key on Friday September 16 Jim Spangler of Egmont Key Alliance Dave Howard of Friends of Tampa Bay NWR and Michael Lusk of the U S Fish Wildlife Service were our guides during the trip They pointed out important details of

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  • Florida News | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    Gwynn Shapiro FWF Publications Editor unknown Shan Kasal Sean Ehrlich Arturo Romero Henry Harding Zak Marimon Governor Bob Graham Jessica Pirkey Clayton Ferrera Alex Saunders Dan Schreiber Paige Espy Cassie McCrae Ryan Harrigan Dylan Scott Jeff Rood Hunter Miller Posted in Board Meeting Florida News Dream of Long Distance Passenger Rail Service in Florida May Soon Become Reality Posted on May 10 2012 by Nate admin All Aboard Florida While not directly related recent news of a planned passenger rail service linking Miami and Orlando certainly drew our interest As the most populated and traveled parts of our state we know all too well the impacts traveling have on the land and wildlife of central and south Florida Each year highly endangered Florida panthers suffered numerous fatalities due to collisions with automobiles Recent proposals by Florida East Coast Industries FECI though may help alleviate this road congestion that causes so many deadly encounters between man and wildlife Approximately 50 million people per year travel between Orlando and Miami according to the company which has a long history dating back to Henry Flagler and the construction of the first land route to Miami In response to the demand for travel between Orlando and Miami the costs to travel by car and other factors FECI is launching an ambitious effort to offer passenger rail service between the two metropolises by 2014 Much of the feasibility for the rail service lies in the fact that FECI owns the track and right of way along the coast The company is building the line s final link between Cocoa and Orlando to complete the route Future plans call for service to Jacksonville and Tampa linking a huge bulk of Florida s population to passenger rail Besides providing a comfortable and cost effective travel option approximately

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