The mission of The Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society is to serve and represent wildlife professionals in promoting wildlife conservation, biodiversity, and resource stewardship.
If you are a resident of Escambia County, please contact your county commissioners before Thursday, August 21, and ask them to vote against the proposal to institute TNR as a method to reduce feral cat populations. It looks as though the vote is going to be very close; Commissioners Barry and Valentino are potentially undecided, so contacting them could be extremely helpful.
Conservation Committee Chairperson
The University of Florida Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society has elected new officers for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to the following newly elected officers:
- President: Erica Christiansen
- Vice Presidents: Elizabeth Sanchez, Ty Cramer
- Secretary: Jeanelle Brisbane
- Treasurer: Jessie Bergau
- Historian: Bryan Pepper
- Environmental Education Coordinators: Sean McKnight, Jaclyn Selden
- Conclave Coordinators: Rachel Sally, Maurice Greenwood
- Webmaster/Editor: Jordanne Laurito
- Sophomore Representative: Katie Wucker
- FLTWS Representative: Lauren Diaz
In the early 1900s, wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) populations declined significantly throughout the United States, due to habitat destruction and unregulated subsistence hunting. As late as the Great Depression, fewer than 30,000 wild turkeys remained in the entire United States. Early restoration efforts focused on releasing pen-raised birds, but efforts were met with extreme disappointment due to poor survival rates among the pen-raised birds. This approach hampered the wild turkey's comeback for nearly two decades. It took the creation of the cannon net before wildlife agencies could successfully begin restoration of wild turkey populations by trapping and transferring large flocks of wild turkeys to areas of suitable habitat. Wild turkeys currently occupy 99 percent of suitable habitat in North America. Today more than 7 million birds can be found throughout North America thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.
“Be a Hero!” by getting decals that help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida’s endangered manatees and sea turtles.
People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5.
Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations.
The new editions of the decals are originally designed works of art, and available now at local tax collectors’ offices across the state and at MyFWC.com.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) requests the public’s help in locating three species of rare birds during their breeding seasons. The southeastern American kestrel, the burrowing owl and the painted bunting are rare and declining species that are often overlooked by traditional monitoring programs such as the North American Breeding Bird Survey.