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  • ecosystems | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 as a critical habitat and water resource for central and south

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Bison/ecosystems/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Fishing | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Bison/fishing/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida Wildlife Federation Kids Fishing Day | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/09/27/florida-wildlife-federation-kids-fishing-day/ (2016-05-01)
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  • FWF Board of Directors, Staff and Guests Visit Egmont Key | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 the 400 acre island its bird sanctuary the beach erosion that has depleted the prime nesting area for sea turtles the ruins of the historic fort and the prolific population of

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/09/21/fwf-board-of-directors-staff-and-guests-visit-egmont-key/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Beach | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 the 400 acre island its bird sanctuary the beach erosion that has depleted the prime nesting area for sea turtles the ruins of the historic fort and the prolific population of gopher tortoises The FWF group spent about two hours on the

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Bison/beach/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Board Meeting | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    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 the 400 acre island its bird sanctuary the beach erosion that has depleted the prime nesting area for sea turtles the ruins of the historic fort and the prolific population of gopher tortoises The FWF group spent about two hours on the

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/Bison/board-meeting/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Stunning Miami Blue Butterfly to Receive More Protection | Florida Wildlife Federation Blog
    Blue is now mainly confined to just a few islands in 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/2011/08/29/stunning-miami-blue-butterfly-to-receive-more-protection/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida Wildlife Federation Blog › Lost Password
    Federation Blog Please enter your username or email address You will receive a link to create a new password via email Username or E mail Log in Back to Florida

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/blog/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword (2016-05-01)
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