About Us

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. was formed on September 29, 1994, as a nonprofit organization to provide assistance, funding and promotional support to contribute to the health and well-being of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. We are the citizen-support organization of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Our mission is to partner with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure the conservation and enhancement of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources so they survive and thrive for current and future generations of Florida residents and visitors.

Celebrating our 20th year of service, the Foundation raises funds and builds support for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other organizations engaged in science-based nature conservation, management, education, and research activities. For example, the Foundation:

  • Builds effective partnerships with communities, businesses, organizations, and people throughout the State.
  • Finances programs to preserve and restore the unique, diverse plants, animals, and natural communities of Florida.
  • Creates opportunities for residents and visitors to use, enjoy, and learn about the State’s fish and wildlife resources

We appreciate your support

Every Florida resident or visitor can provide critically needed funds to aid in the creation and management of healthy, sustainable plant and animal communities for future generations. And that’s good for all of us.

  • By becoming a Conservation Partner of the Foundation
  • by making a tax-deductible contribution to the program of your choice,
  • by purchasing our “Conserve Wildlife” license plate,
  • or by purchasing merchandise through our store

Board Of Directors

Executive Committee

Mr. Richard A. ‘Dick’ Corbett, Chairman

Mr. John (Jack) J. Curlett, Vice Chairman

Mr. Carlos J. Alfonso, 2nd Vice Chairman

Mrs. Connie S. Parker, Secretary

Mrs. Kathy Barco, Treasurer

Committee Chairs

Mr. Preston L. Farrior, Marketing Committee Chair

Mrs. Donna Rawson, Governance Committee Chair

Mr. Seth McKeel, Legislative Committee Chair

Mr. Ignacio Borbolla, 2016 BlueGreen Committee Chair

Mr. John Pope, Large Gifts & Land Committee Chair

Mrs. Kathy Barco, Finance & Audit Committee Chair

Board Members

Dr. Tracy Baker

Mr. Rodney Barreto

Mr. Douglas Cone

Mr. Steve Crisafulli

Mr. Tucker Frederickson

Mr. Gary T. Nicklaus

Mr. Bruce Popham

Mr. Steve Swindal

Mr. Nick Wiley, FWC Executive Director

Mrs. C. Martin (Daphne) Wood, III


Andy Walker, President & Chief Executive Officer – Click to E-mail

Will Bradford, CFO – Click to E-mail

Breanne Strepina, Major Gifts and Events Manager – Click to E-mail


Our Grant Process

A significant philanthropic link between committed donors and Florida’s conservation community, the core function of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida is to provide critical operating and project support, mainly to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but also to institutions and conservation organizations throughout the State.

Foundation grants are awarded to those organizations that work to protect and enhance Florida’s incredible ecosystems and wildlife, to promote sustainable communities, to help build institutional capacity, and to garner broad-based public support for environmental protection and habitat conservation.

To qualify for grant support, projects proposed by qualified organizations should generally address one or more of the following subject areas:

Habitat Conservation
Through projects that aid in the protection, improvement, or acquisition of habitats.

Fish and Wildlife Management
Through projects that apply management principles to protect or enhance fish and wildlife.

Fish and Wildlife Research
Through support of research based upon sound science and with a clear potential for use in managing Florida’s resources.

Education and Outreach
Through projects that help educate Floridians to become stewards of our natural resources.

Grant Recipients

Click here for a list of Past Grant-funded Projects

Conserve Wildlife Projects

ProjectProject DescriptionProject LocationGrant
Bear Range and Population Abundance of Black Bears in South-central Florida: Year 3We will generate a population estimate of bears in Glades and Highlands counties and delineate their range. This information need is identified in the Draft Black Bear Management Plan.Glades and Highlands counties$40,000
Bear Response ProgramThe goal of the Bear Response Program is to provide quick and effective service to address increasing human-bear conflicts. The Bear Response Program is composed of private individuals who work under contract ro assist the FWC with calls related to human-bear conflicts. The FWC receives thousands of calls each year relating to human-bear interaction. Bear response agents are the FWC’s volunteer force to respond in the field to such calls as needed.Statewide, based in region offices$40,000
Public-Private Cooperative to Increase Bear-Proof Garbage Can AvailabilityThe goal of the project is to increase the availability of bear-resistant residential garbage cans to residents by working in partnership with local governemnts and waste service providers. Ultimately, increased use of bear-resistant containers will reduce human-bear conflicts.Collier, Franklin and Volusia counties$35,000
A Regional Program to Address Wildlife Problems and Wildlife Health ConcernsThe goal is to implement an effective tehnical assistance program based in the FWC regional offices. The program will eet the need of the public and support FWC activities. This is accomplished through technical advisory assistance to constituents, businesses and FWC staff and to develop public outreach information.FWC Region Offices$97,500
Getting Better Information to the Public to Reduce Coyote ProblemsThe goal is to reduce conflicts caused by nuisance coyotes by providing people with better information about coyotes and about the things people need to do when coyotes are present. Outreach materials will be produced and distributed as part of a broader public awareness campaign to effectively address coyote problems and the management of coyotes in Florida.FWC Region Offices$9,756
Planting a Refuge for WildlifeThe goal is to provide Floridians with a booklet and a website to provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to transform their properties into habitats that benefit and attract native wildlife. Further, the booklet and website will be distributed/promoted through targeted partnerships with native nurseries, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Florida Wildflower Foundation and to participants of programs of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, giving youth and their families opportunities to work together on wildlife habitat projects.Statewide$33,000
Prevalence and distribution of Baylisascaris procyonis in FloridaBaylisascaris procyonis is a common parasite of raccoons that, until recently, was not found in Florida. The roundworm does not cause significant disease in the host; however, ingestion of embryonated eggs by birds, some wildlife, and humans (usually children) can result in significant ocular and/or often fatal neurologic disease due to migration of larvae. The parasite can cause significant mortality in wild populations, particularly rodents and lagomorphs, and has been implicated in the extirpation of the Allegheny wood rat (Neotoma magister) from part of its range. The goals of this project are to 1) determine the prevalence and distribution of B. procyonis in Florida at the county level, 2) determine the presence of the parasite within the range of listed wildlife species at risk of infection (e.g. Perdido Key beach mouse, Key Largo wood rat, Sanibel Island marsh rice rat), and 3) identify risk factors for the presence of the parasite (host age, habitat type).Statewide$29,000
Investigations into the Interaction Between Terrapins and Crab Traps1. This project seeks to develop a Florida specific understanding of terrapin and blue crab trap interactions.
2. Test a ‘terrapin safe’ crab trap design.
3. Develop a standardized and ecosystem-specific terrapin population survey methodology.
4. Develop a terrapin ‘hotspot map’ of historic and current reported terrapin populations to determine specific areas of potential interaction between crab fishing gear and sensitive populations.
5. Perform a population assessment on reported terrapin groups indicated in the work of Butler and Heinrich 2010 from coastal Franklin to Levy counties.
6. Provide a scientific basis for management actions, which may include rule-making.
Lanark Reef, Franklin County,FL$75,000
Assessing the use of artificial structures to enhance the survival rates of long-spined sea urchins on the reef tract of the Florida KeysThe goal of the project is to produce information on how urchins interact with artificial structures under natural conditions and test whether these structures enhance their survival rates. These results will serve as a guide for resource managers seeking to develop and implement a comprehensive ecosystem based coral reef restoration strategy that includes re-establishing a stable long-spined urchin population along the Florida Keys reef tract. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has identified our long-spined sea urchin research as an essential component of a multi-agency effort to restore the health and resiliency of Florida’s reef ecosystem.Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary$10,000
Assessment of Non-Native Wildlife in South FloridaThe goal of this project is to assess risks to native species of purple swamphens and black spiny-tailed iguanas through diet analysis and distribution studies. The results will guide management plans for these species in Florida. The project will also develop and refine the FWC capability to capture and eradicate large exotic lizards.Broward and Palm Beach counties$36,540
Community Bat House on Three Lakes Wildlife Management AreaThe goal is to build a community bat house on Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area. This will provide a roosting site for bats that were forced to relocate due to habitat loss. This will also provide an opportunity for the public to better understand this misunderstood species.Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area$2,300
Shorebird Monitoring Data ManagementThe goal of this project is to provide timely and thorough data analysis and reporting from the Database will result in better informed and engaged partners, ultimately leading to improved conservation of shorebirds and seabirds. When partners can see the end product of their efforts, they will be encouraged to continue monitoring birds and providing their data to help effect conservation actions on-the-ground. Enhanced monitoring coverage will better inform FWC and other management agencies, allowing for improved protection of birds and their important nesting/wintering sites.Statewide$42,000
A Boating and Angling Guide to Coastal Volusia CountyWe propose to design and produce 10,000 copies of a Boating and Angling Guide to Coastal Volusia County on waterproof paper so that the guide is durable when carried on a watercraft. This guide would be 4-color on both sides and have an overall dimension of 22” x 34”, with a large map on one side and on the other side have numerous graphics and narrative describing the local area environment, fishing practices, boating safety, etc. The Guide would also have a directory listing local telephone numbers and radio channels for numerous agencies and organizations such as FWC law enforcement, US Coast Guard, Weather Service, Sheriff’s Offices, local parks and preserves, and even marine towing services.Volusia County$5,500
Patterns of benthic herbivore biodiversity on Florida Coral ReefsTo accumulate modern data on the status of benthic herbivores found in association with
coral reefs in Florida. These data will be compared to decades of historical data to
determine patterns of change that will provide information for the implementation of
proper management. Supplementary goals are to gather current baseline data for future
biodiversity studies involving Florida coral reef ecosystems and to identify species which
may qualify for designation as Species of Greatest Conservation Need for the Florida
Wildlife Legacy Initiative.
Coral reefs of the middle/lower Florida Keys.$10,470
Impacts of Aquatic Habitat Management Activities on the Rare Round-Tailed MuskratThe goal is to understand the distribution of Round-Tailed muskrats in Orange Lake and other major wetlands of the Orange Creek Basin Watershed; how the muskrats use available habitat within the watershed and; how muskrats respond to habitat restoration and management activities.Orange Creek Basin watershed (located primarily in Alachua County, Florida)$54,400
Florida Bird Conservation Initiative/Imperiled Species Management Plan BiologistThis project will fund a biologist position with the FWC to develop mamnagement plans for 12 bird species. This position will coordinate activities with the Florida Bird Conservation Initiative. The goal is to bring together scientists, conservation planners, land managers, birders, and citizens to advance bird conservation.Statewide$75,542

Protect Florida Springs Projects

ProjectProject DescriptionProject LocationGrant
Springs Protection Stakeholder Research PhaseThe final deliverable will be a campaign that has been pilot tested and evaluated that can be funded and implemented by any interested agencies and/or groups. Even though demographics vary among regions of the state, it is likely that what we learn here in Alachua County will translate to other regions. The campaign will be applicable to similar target audience segments around the state. A secondary goal of the research is to increase participation in the Santa Fe River Basin Springs Working Group.Santa Fe Springs, Alachua County,Florida5,000
Ichetucknee SPRINGSWATCHThis project will provide both significant data important for management and restoration decisions concerning the spring-fed Ichetucknee River, while educating and engaging a core group of advocates for Springs Protection. Working with multiple partners will also help to strengthen a coalition of organizations working on springs issues.Lower Ichetucknee River5,000
Watermelon Spring Run Restoration and Water Conservation and Springs Friendly Landscaping OutreachThe Alachua County Environmental Protection Department will conduct a public workshop on outdoor water conservation and springs friendly landscaping practices at Poe Springs County Park. Following the workshop, participants will remove exptic plants from Watermelon Spring Run and replant the area with native species; plant a water conservation friendly landscape at the Poe Springs Park gatehouse, make and install a rain barrell, install a rain garden and plant longleaf pine seedlings. This is to provide participants with hands-on learning that can be applied to their own homes and yards.Poe Springs and Watermelon Spring Run, Alachua County4,500
Long-Term Turtle StudyThis on-going project is a long-term mark-recapture study on turtle species that are native to these sites. Turtles are captured by a variety of methods, including hand capture while snorkeling, dip netting, and live-trapping using a variety of turtle traps. Turtles are measured, weighed, sexed, observed (for physical damage, parasites, etc.), marked, and released. Data collected are incorporated into the long-term data set for analyses. Results of the population study will be compared to physical/environmental data (temperature, rainfall, stream flow) to detect patterns that could indicate effects, climate change, or habitat degradation.Wekiwa Speings State Park4,965
The Addition of Water Quality Monitoring to Long-term Cave Fauna Surveys of Wes Skiles Peacock Springs and Ichetucknee State ParksThis grant will purchase equipment in support of ongoing water quality monitoring as a new addition to on-going cave fauna research at Peacock Speings and Ichetucknee Springs state parks. The requested equipment, an “In Situ Troll 9500 Professional ” Logging Water Quality Instrument is an example of a portable submersible water quality monitoring sonde that is capable of measuring dissolved oxygen in real-time, the data of which is later downloaded to a computer for analysis.Peacock Springs and Ichetucknee Springs State Parks5,000
Santa Fe Springs Restoration Action PlanThe objective of this project is to produce a restoration action plan document for the Santa Fe River Springs, a collection of over 35 named spring vents that extend from a 1,100 square mile springshed located in Alachua, Bradford, Union, Columbia and Gilchrist counties. These springs are being impacted by reduced flows and rising nitrate nitrogen concentrations. This project will prepare a document (Santa Fe Springs Restoration Action Plan [RAP]) that summarizes these issues in clear and understandable language and imagery and recommends specific actions needed to reverse these trends.Santa Fe River Springs5,000
Monitoring Environmental Changes in Deleon, Salt, and Silver Glen Springs in Central FloridaSalt Spring, Silver Glen Spring, and Deleon Spring are smaller, human-utilized springs within central Florida that provide fishing and recreational uses for humans along with seasonal manatee use during the winter. The Sea to Shore Alliance has collected environmental data at these sites for the past three years during the winter while documenting individual manatee use. STSA proposes to continue collecting environmental data to during 2012-2013 during all seasons of the year for comparison and incorporation with St. Johns Water Management District and Department of Environmental Protection water quality and vegetation database.Deleon, Salt, and Silver Glen Springs5,000
Glen Spring Restoration Action PlanThe objective of this project is to prepare a restoration action plan (RAP) document and Power Point presentation for Glen Spring, a small fourth-magnitude spring located behind the Elks Lodge on NW 23rd Ave. in Gainesville, FL. The water from the spring pool flows out of the concrete pool enclosure and into Glen Spring Run which eventually flows into Hogtown Creek.Glen Spring,NW123rd Ave, Gainesville, FL2,500
What is the impact of Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus feces on Volusia Blue Spring nutrient dynamics?Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (sailfin suckermouth catfish) is a catfish species from the Amazon that invaded Volusia Blue Spring from the St. Johns River in the late 1990’s. The large number of individuals that seasonally occur in the run produce copious fecal material that can be observed even after the fish have gone. This study will assess the effect this nutrient load has on the spring run.Blue Spring, Volusia County, Florida5,000

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