Programs We Support
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida supports conservation across the Sunshine State. We’ve funded research and conservation of many iconic species and habitats, from endangered right whales, Florida panthers and black bears to restoration of coral reefs and native fisheries in the Keys. Thanks to donors like you, we’ve raised and given away more than $25 million to keep Florida a place of outstanding natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
You can help us further by making a gift to the Foundation today. Thank you!
As you may know already, the focus of our FWC Marine Mammal Research Program is conservation research designed to provide timely information for protecting Florida manatees. Understanding the population trends and biology of manatees is of fundamental importance to recovery efforts. Staff biologists conduct studies to evaluate how the Florida manatee population is doing in terms of abundance, mortality, health, available habitat, and behavior.
This fund was established to aid in the recovery of injured or orphaned Florida panthers as well as other panther conservation needs. The Florida Panther Fund is an important resource that will give the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) flexibility to deal with rare, unplanned and non-budgeted events.
Recent research indicates that over the past 10 years, the proportion of children ages 9 to 12 who spent time in activities like hiking, walking, and fishing declined by 50%. That isn’t healthy for the future of our children—or for the future of our great outdoors—so the Wildlife Foundation of Florida is helping find a solution.
Operational nearly 50 years now on FWC’s Corbett Wildlife Management Area, the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp has provided 1-week, residential, wildlife-oriented camping experiences for boys and girls, ages 8 to 14. About 25,000 campers have attended programs at the Youth Conservation Camp to date. In 1995 the Youth Conservation Camp expanded to a capacity of 96 campers per week and there is STILL a waiting list to attend!
The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail (GFB&WT) is a program of the FWC. At its core is a network of 491 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching, wildlife viewing, or educational opportunities. This 2000-mile, self-guided highway trail is designed to conserve and enhance Florida's bird habitat by promoting birdwatching activities, conservation education and economic opportunity.
The Florida black bear was removed from the State List of Threatened Species in 2012, but conservation efforts did not stop there. It takes a tremendous effort from many partners to ensure bears continue to be a valued part of Florida’s wildlife heritage. That is where you come in; please consider donating to the Bear Management Fund to help us meet current and future bear conservation and management challenges.
The Gopher Tortoise Habitat Fund furthers the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) management plan to protect the threatened gopher tortoise. Funds will help obtain gopher tortoise habitat and assist with the cost of land-management activities needed to maintain suitable living and foraging conditions.
Registration payments for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Youth Hunting Program of Florida.
It is well known that the quality coral reefs, especially the shallow bank reefs such as Davis Reef, have declined in recent years. Coral cover especially has dropped considerably.
The Lionfish Outreach Program goals include educating the public about the lionfish invasion, familiarizing the public with safe lionfish handling, and increasing participation in lionfish control efforts. Ongoing projects include development of the Reef Rangers Lionfish Control Program, a volunteer-based organization that encourages divers to regularly remove invasive lionfish; and the continuation of our annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, a statewide event to promote awareness and involvement.
Carlton Ward Jr. is a National Geographic Explorer and the recipient of the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Through his photography and writing, he is working to raise awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor and inspire the land conservation needed to keep the Corridor connected.
Saltwater Angler Recognition programs entice anglers to target multiple species and learn more about Florida’s marine resources while fishing. These programs recognize anglers for their saltwater fishing skills and encourage anglers to target multiple species, helping to decrease fishing pressure on the most commonly sought-after species while giving anglers a chance to earn bragging rights. Saltwater Angler Recognition programs are ongoing and include Grand Slams, Saltwater Fish Life List and Reel Big Fish.
Ridge Rangers are dedicated volunteers committed to conserving one of Florida's most endangered ecosystems, the Lake Wales Ridge. People of all ages, backgrounds and skills are working together to help wildlife managers protect habitat, manage wildlife populations, conduct important research and educate others about the rare qualities of this fragile ecosystem.
The primary mission of the FWC Employee Disaster Relief fund is to provide immediate cash assistance to FWC employees in the wake of a natural disaster or a house fire. The fund may also assist affected employees with utilities, rent or house payments in certain situations.
Workshops are designed primarily for women; however, it is an excellent opportunity for anyone 18 years of age or older to learn the outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, and a variety of outdoor pursuits. These workshops focus on the learning of outdoor skills. We strive to offer a variety of topics in our workshops, balanced between hunting/shooting, fishing and non-consumptive (canoeing, camping, etc.) activities.
The Florida Grasshopper Fund was established to support urgent needs to prevent the extinction of the Florida grasshopper sparrow. This bird inhabits the dry prairie habitat of central Florida and is considered the most endangered bird in the continental United States. The Grasshopper Sparrow Fund provides resources to continue captive breeding efforts and critical research. Based on 2017 surveys, biologists estimate that there are fewer than 30 pairs of Florida grasshopper sparrows in the wild, a threshold that places the species under extreme risk of extinction.
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