Urban Wildlife

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Special Discount for Spaying and Neutering Cats for Spay Day

In honor of Spay Day, the St. Augustine Humane Society is offering a special discount on spaying and neutering cats. The promotion is held in conjunction with the annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

St. Johns County Health Department Lifts Rabies Alert

The St. Johns County Health Department has lifted a 60 day rabies alert that resulted from a report of a feral cat that tested positive for rabies.

The alert, which covered Rio Vista Avenue in St. Augustine, in an area bounded on the north by Ponce Island Drive; the south to Rambla Street;  the east to the Intracoastal Waterway and the west to Lewis Speedway, was issued on December 20, 2010.

How Many Birds Can You Count?

Chilly weather throughout Florida has kept residents inside and close to their heaters, under blankets and in their sweats, long sleeves and socks during December and January. However, spring is just around the corner and there is wildlife to discover in your backyard!

Get your binoculars ready, because starting Feb. 18, the largest bird count in North America begins. The Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Feb. 21, is a wonderful chance to add to your Bird Detective checklist and help scientists monitor birds across America. If you do not have a checklist, download it from MyFWC.com/Learning. In the left-hand menu, click “Fun Stuff.” From there, look on the right side of the page under “Educator Links” for “Jr. Birder Program.”

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

For the eighth consecutive year, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) will raise funds for the Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka through a catch-and-release Charity Bass Fishing Tournament on April 30. NEFAR donates one hundred percent of all proceeds raised to Haven Hospice and has donated more than $124,000 during the past seven years.

Clean Up Your Beach, Jan. 30th

St Augustine area non-profit, KEEPERS OF THE COAST, will be hosting "Clean Up Your Beach in Jax Beach" from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Participants can stop by the Keepers of the Coast booth located on the boardwalk in front of the Jax Beach Pier to pick up all the materials to clean up the beach.