Urban Wildlife

North Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Closes Feb. 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advises anglers that the recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in North Florida will close for one month to help maintain spotted seatrout abundance. 

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park congratulates Ms. Kylie Rodgers from Liberty Pines Academy for her outstanding entry into the 3rd Annual Edu-Gator Contest! The prize, a young American Alligator, will be awarded to Kylie’s classroom on Wednesday, January 26th at 11:30 a.m. Katie Girvin, Curator of Education at the Alligator Farm, will make the presentation.

Kylie won the alligator for her classroom in an county-wide contest in which each fourth grade student was asked to submit an individual project answering the question “Why are American Alligators important?”  Kylie created a short film and submitted it to the contest, where it was named first-place winner. Kylie and the rest of Ms. Southworth’s fourth grade class at Liberty Pines Academy will enjoy the American alligator, an unusual class pet, for the remainder of the school year. 

FWC Works With Local Rehabilitator to Save Sick, Stressed Pelicans

Brown pelicans are being rescued by a local bird sanctuary, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials are working with the rehabilitators to assist in the effort.

Bird Disease Detected in State

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently monitoring a Virulent Exotic Newcastle Disease diagnosis which occurred in Cormorants in Pinellas County last week.  Exotic Newcastle Disease is an extremely contagious and fatal foreign avian disease that affects most bird species but is not life threatening to humans.  Human contact with Exotic Newcastle Disease may cause minor irritations such as pink eye or skin irritations.

Prescribed fires planned for Guana River Wildlife Management

Wildlife biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in St. Johns County plan to burn more than 1,500 acres in Guana River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the upcoming 2011 prescribed fire season.

Burn Ban Extended in St. Johns County

After consideration of current fire conditions, both across the state and locally, County Commissioners have adopted a resolution which authorizes the county administrator to extend a burn ban for St. Johns County effective (1/5/2011).  Significant rainfall is not expected in our area for at least another 7 days, meaning drought conditions will not improve, and conditions will remain unfavorable for most types of outdoor burning. The burn ban will remain active for a seven (7) day period (1/11/2011).  At the conclusion of the seven days, county officials will evaluate the weather and fire conditions in St. Johns County and decide whether or not to extend or lift the ban on outdoor burning.

High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should coordinate with their school’s art teacher to submit the artwork, because each school may submit no more than five entries. Home-schooled students also are eligible to enter the contest. Contest details and forms are available online at MyFWC.com/Manatee.