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  • Wildlife | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    speed signs and levying of fines for excess speeds in designated areas manatee education and public awareness programs and public acquisition of critical habitat and creation of sanctuaries SMC s Role Save the Manatee Club s mission is to protect endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations To achieve this mission we work to increase public awareness and education sponsor manatee research rescue rehabilitation and release efforts and advocate for strong protection measures such as boat speed zones and sanctuaries SMC also supports research and conservation efforts for other sirenian species around the world Source Save the Manatee Club Posted in Get Outdoors Wildlife Become FWC s eyes and ears to protect wildlife Posted on November 21 2011 by cole admin Fish Busters Bulletin by Bob Wattendorf FWC Tip MyFWC com to report fish and wildlife law violators or boating under the influence If you are like most Florida anglers and boaters you enjoy your time on 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Wildlife/wildlife/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Become FWC’s eyes and ears to protect wildlife | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 Fund So in effect violators are paying people to turn them in Wildlife Alert s 13 Member Committee The highly successful Wildlife Alert Reward Program has been around for more than 30 years and is administered by a 13 member committee appointed by the FWC s executive director The committee meets at least twice a year oversees the program and determines the reward amounts There are two members for each of the FWC s five geographic regions and one member each representing Audubon of Florida Florida Wildlife Federation and Unified Sportsmen of Florida Each member serves a two year term and may be reappointed by the executive director The Chair of Wildlife Alert since 2009 has been Jenny Brock Regional Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation s Northwest Region and also Region Four Director of the National Wildlife Federation Ms Brock noted that Wildlife Alert makes our wildlife officers more efficient Florida is a big state and we can all help protect our outdoor resources by contacting Wildlife Alert when we see known or suspected violations Wildlife Alert is Not Just for Fishing Violations You can also report illegal hunting destruction

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/11/21/become-fwcs-eyes-and-ears-to-protect-wildlife/ (2016-05-01)
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  • FWC | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 Fund So in effect violators are paying people to turn them in Wildlife Alert s 13 Member Committee The highly successful Wildlife Alert Reward Program has been around for more than 30 years and is administered by a 13 member committee appointed by the FWC s executive director The committee meets at least twice a year oversees the program and determines the reward amounts There are two members for each of the FWC s five geographic regions and one member each representing Audubon of Florida Florida Wildlife Federation and Unified Sportsmen of Florida Each member serves a two year term and may be reappointed by the executive director The Chair of Wildlife Alert since 2009 has been Jenny Brock Regional Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation s Northwest Region and also Region Four Director of the National Wildlife Federation Ms Brock noted that Wildlife Alert makes our wildlife officers more efficient Florida is a big state and we can all help protect our outdoor resources by contacting Wildlife Alert when we see known or suspected violations Wildlife Alert is Not Just for Fishing Violations You can also report illegal hunting destruction of the resource such as the cutting of trees or trash

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Bison/fwc/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Enjoy a Picturesque Mountain Setting without leaving Florida | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    are just one part of the splendor In the fall months you can also catch a glimpse of some tremendous colors views you would have to drive several hours to see in the mountains The park itself offers many activities to get you out and about Miles of hiking trails for instance will take you to some out of the way spots overlooking the Apalachicola And let s not forget trekking up and down those hills is sure to give you quite the workout Hiking at Torreya a few weeks ago gave me some much needed exercise that felt rejuvenating The park s name Torreya comes from a rare tree that s only found along the Apalachicola River Besides a good hike many visitors also come to the park to enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing In fact over 1 000 species of birds have been spotted in the confines of the park And as we said before hardwoods provide some of the most splendid fall colors around The park is also home to the Gregory House a fully furnished plantation home that was built in 1849 and moved to its current location at the park in the 1930s Torreya

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/11/14/enjoy-a-picturesque-mountain-setting-without-leaving-florida/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Atlas Of Florida’s Natural Heritage | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    in search of new territories and mates as documented by 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/10/06/atlas-of-florida-natural-heritage/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Books | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 the

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Wildlife/books/ (2016-05-01)
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  • September | 2011 | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog | Page 2
    forge ahead with thinning of the bison herd at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park through the removal of all adult males A a current poll shows that Bison are public visitors favorite animal to see when visiting the park Park Service authorities are concerned because the Bison adult males continue to leave the park causing safety issues for the public Read the article here DEP expects thinning of bison herd

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/09/page/2/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Documentary Chronicles Kissimmee River Basin and the Northern Everglades | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    environmental groups like the FWF are working together to ensure its vitality well into the future The Kissimmee River basin which begins in Osceola County and flows south to Lake Okeechobee is a rich paradise of a wide variety of waterfowl wading birds fish and wildlife Following very active hurricane seasons in the late 40s though it was decided that parts of the river needed to be channelized in order to control flooding This in effect shortened the river s length from 103 to 56 miles As a result many species of plants and waterfowl endemic to the area dried up fishing along the river suffered as well And it was 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/09/28/documentary-chronicles-kissimmee-river-basin-and-the-northern-everglades/ (2016-05-01)
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