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Ducks Unlimited Announces New Chief Conservation Officer - Nick Wiley will lead DU’s conservation programs

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today the hiring of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Director Nick Wiley as its new Chief Conservation Officer (CCO).

“I am pleased to announce that Nick will be joining Ducks Unlimited’s executive team as our Chief Conservation Officer,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “Nick brings a wealth of experience inwildlife management and habitat conservation, and I know he will be a great fit for DU.”

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FWC Rescue

Giving Thanks: Hurricane Irma Relief Fund passes $110,000 mark.

Thanks to an outpouring from our donors and the public, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation has raised and is distributing $113,000 to date to FWC staff and their families hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. The Foundation, in partnership with the Maverick Boat Group, is also distributing $20,000 from Maverick to aid South Florida’s recreational fishing industry.

“We’re very pleased by the outpouring of donations,” said Foundation CEO Andrew Walker. "There is still much to be done in South Florida, however, and we hope more people will take time this Thanksgiving Weekend to make a new or additional donation to our fund.”

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit this link.

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Mr. Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam to Speak at Conservation & Hurricane Irma Relief Fundraiser

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will be the featured speaker at this week’s BlueGreen 2017, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s annual fund-raising dinner.

The October 21st evening event will be held at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Monies raised will support conservation and outdoor recreation in Florida, including summer camps and other outdoor programs for youth.

A portion of the proceeds will also be devoted to assisting Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) officers and biologists whose homes have been lost or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. One hundred, twenty-five FWC staff traveled to Houston to rescue more than 500 people caught in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, only to experience the worst of Hurricane Irma at home.

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Fish & Wildlife Foundation of FL to Host Conservation & Hurricane Irma Relief Fundraiser

Florida conservation, outdoor youth programs and Hurricane Irma assistance are the beneficiaries of this week’s BlueGreen 2017 fund raiser at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

More than 40 Florida companies are sponsors of the Saturday, Oct. 21st evening event, which is being held by the nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Principal sponsors include the Mosaic Company, Hancock Whitney Bank, Contender Boats and Bass Pro Shops.

“We are proud to partner with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation to support their continued conservation efforts and their promotion of outdoor recreation,” says Mosaic’s Mark Kaplan, VP of Phosphates Service. “Recognizing the impact that so many of our neighbors and employees experienced as a result of Hurricane Irma, BlueGreen 2017 provides our community and our company with an opportunity to give back to FWC’s first responders as their families also recover from the storm.”

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FWC Rescue

Hurricane Irma: Please Give to the Emergency Assistance Fund to help FWC Families and the Fishing Community

During Hurricane Harvey, 150 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [FWC] officers and specialists worked around the clock in Houston and surrounding cities and towns to rescue people trapped by the unprecedented flood waters. These FWC staff, and hundreds more like them, now face the challenges of Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms to hit the United States in recorded history.

The same is true for the Florida fishing community. Many of Florida’s fishing guides and family commercial fishermen and women have been badly affected by Hurricane Irma, with losses that insurance only partly covers.

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is collecting donations to help with the widespread damage and destruction from Hurricane Irma and related recovery needs. Our hometown heroes that helped those in need in Texas now need our help. So do the guides and family commercial fishermen and women who make Florida’s fishing economy so vibrant and strong. --Please give today! No donation is too small. Thank you!!

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Savannah Bergeron

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine (or more) Turtles: Pembroke Pines Teenager Knits for Conservation

While most high school seniors spent the fall and winter sweating over their college admission essays, Pembroke Pines High School senior Savannah Bergeron polished hers off quickly. Then she got back to her passion of the last two years — creating hand-knitted turtles to raise money and awareness to conserve Florida’s wide variety of native turtles.

Florida has 26 species of turtles, more than any other state, including all five of the world’s endangered sea turtle species. The Sunshine State is also home to the gopher tortoise, an ancient race whose ancestors appeared in the western United States 60 million years ago.

Despite an almost complete ban on commercial turtle harvesting, Florida’s turtle populations, as elsewhere, continue to decline due to habitat loss and a thriving black market for turtle meat and shells. Many of Florida’s turtles are now threatened or endangered.

Savannah Bergeron wanted to bring attention to this situation and find a way to do something about it. In 2017, she began knitting and selling toy turtles to raise money for turtle conservation. To date, she has raised and donated $2,268 to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF) for turtle and tortoise conservation. She comes by her passion naturally; her great-great-grandfather was one of the first Everglades park rangers, and her grandfather is a commissioner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

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Sea To Shore Alliance

No Better Time to Help Protect Florida Springs

Florida’s freshwater springs are one of the world’s natural wonders. Beautiful and cool, they have provided an oasis for wildlife and humans for tens of thousands of years.  They are under threat from groundwater pollution and other environmental stresses, but you can help us protect them by buying the “Protect Florida Springs” license plate.  $25 from each plate comes to the Foundation to support research, education, restoration and conservation of these irreplaceable springs.  They may not hold the Fountain of Youth for us, but we have the ability to make sure they live forever.  Please check out our new Springs page, developed with our sister non-profit, Sea2Shore: http://sea2shore.org/ and our new Springs plate page https://flspringsplate.com/.  Thank you for supporting conservation!


Roseate spoonbill"The Foundation awarded $220,000 to manage 16 newly designated FWC Critical Wildlife Areas, which include rookeries for shorebirds and wading birds like the roseate spoonbill.” Photo Credit FWC.

Fish & Wildlife Foundation Awards $345,000 in Florida Conservation Grants

Children, bears and birds were the primary beneficiaries of $345,000 in conservation grants given out this week by the nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF).

Meeting on Key Largo, the FWFF Board of Directors approved a $100,000 grant to help local communities purchase bear-resistant trash cans for homeowners. This follows the Foundation’s 2016 grant of $325,000 for bear-resistant cans, which was matched by a $500,000 commitment by the State of Florida. Human-bear conflict is increased when food is in garbage cans that bears can open, said Foundation Board Chair Richard A. Corbett, in explaining the Foundation’s commitment to this program.

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Our Mission

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other public and private partners to protect the full array of our state’s native animals and plants and the lands and waters they need to survive. We are also dedicated to ensuring public access to Florida’s outstanding natural areas, and we work closely with the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network to help provide 100,000 children and adolescents every year with formative outdoor experiences. Since 1994, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has raised and given away more than $25 million to support conservation. Recent grants include the following:

  • Given $325,000 to outfit the new Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo Beach with kayaks, fishing gear, binoculars, microscopes, aquariums, furniture and much more.
  • Purchased with Volusia County’s help a one-acre parcel in New Smyrna Beach as a public boat launch managed by the nonprofit Marine Discovery Center.
  • Made a $325,000 challenge grant, matched by a $500,000 State appropriation, to provide homeowners across Florida with bear-proof garbage cans to minimize bear-human conflicts.
  • Invested $36,000 in successful development of a smartphone app for reporting fish disease and mortality events.

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  • Made grants of $450,000 over the past three years to multiple organizations working to restore and conserve Florida’s famous freshwater springs.
  • Provided $70,000 for improving mobility-impaired access to state Wildlife Management Areas as well as funding for new deer-cleaning stations.
  • Provided $261,000 in research funds for the critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow.
  • Cooperated with the Florida Aquarium and Tampa Electric Company to grow native corals for restoring dead reefs in the Florida Keys.

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