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Recognize these Faces?

The Naylor family stopped by our Catch a Florida Memory Tent at the Big Bend Classic last weekend and we got to hear the story behind one of our favorite photos. They even took a picture with their picture on our CAFM van! We were so happy to hear how excited they are about our recognition programs and we can't wait to see more great photos from the whole family!

#CatchaFloridaMemory #FishFWC
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The 84th Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp was unveiled.

The stamp is part of the waterfowl hunting license requirements and every hunter over the age of 16 must purchase and carry with them a Duck Stamp each year to hunt ducks, geese and other waterfowl. But they are also collectible works of art and the easiest way for anyone to support bird habitat conservation.

For every dollar you spend on Federal Duck Stamps, .98 cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat or acquire conservation easements for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, sales have raised more than $950 million to help protect or restore nearly 6 million acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife.

In addition to serving as hunting license and conservation tool, a current Federal Duck Stamp is also a free pass into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.

5 cool things about the Duck Stamp: https://www.doi.gov/blog/5-cool-things-about-duck-stamp

Learn more about Duck Stamps: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp.php

Buy your 2017-2018 Duck Stamp today! https://www.fws.gov/…/get-inv…/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php

Duck stamp information for hunters: https://www.fws.gov/…/duck-stamp-information-for-hunters.php

Federal Duck Stamp
2017-2018 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a trio of Canada geese, art by James Hautman of Chaska, Minn. Credit: USFWS
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Python Patrol training!
Come learn about Burmese pythons in Florida and how to properly report and safely capture this invasive species. Our next training is at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register here: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/python/patrol/


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FWC officers recently devoted a portion of their time participated in celebrating Literacy Week. Officers read a short story to three different schools in Lake County to a host of enthusiastic kids. Pictured here is Officer Weber at Mount Dora Christian Academy. Officer Weber also brought a Gopher Frog to share with the kids. 
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1/27/17
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One of Florida’s greatest natural treasures are its Wildlife Management Areas … celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year! WMA75 hosting events throughout the year, including the Ridge Rangers’ Workday at Platt Branch (near Venus) on Saturday, Feb 4, where we’ll be supporting endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker nesting by clearing vegetation … come join us! http://outreach.myfwc.com/event/PlattBranchFeb2017RCW #WMAzing
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Irula tribesmen and detector dogs help battle pythons
There are two new efforts underway to remove nonnative pythons in Florida. The Irula tribe are world-renowned snake catchers from India, and we are hoping they can pass their skills on to snake catchers here in Florida! In their first eight days on the job, they removed 13 snakes! Detector dogs, specially trained by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, are sniffing out snakes in south Florida as part of another python removal effort. They are helping our biologists, University of Florida and Irula tribesmen by identifying areas where pythons are hiding in environmentally sensitive locations. We will continue to work with UF and other partners on additional projects aimed at removing pythons and other nonnative species from Florida. You can help with removal efforts by reporting python sightings to our Exotic Species Reporting Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681), online at IveGot1.org or by downloading the free “IveGot1” smartphone app

Full story: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/182564a

More about nonnative Burmese pythons: http://myfwc.com/python

#News #Snake

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1/24/17
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TOMORROW! Looking for outdoor opportunities this weekend? Florida's original wildlife management area has ample offerings! Join us at our #WMAzing FREE public event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda, Florida 33955. The event will honor the 75th anniversary of Babcock-Webb’s creation, which launched the state’s vast WMA system.

More info: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1810544

FWC photo by David Moynahan

#PuntaGorda #Wildlife #swfl
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Gov. Scott: Enjoy License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day This Thanksgiving Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Saturday, November 26th will be a license-free saltwater fishing day for Florida residents and visitors. This free saltwater fishing day is part of the eight license-free fishing days the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers each year. The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters will also be open for harvest November 25th-27th, the last open dates of the season.

Governor Rick Scott said, “This Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect time for Floridians and visitors to discover why our state is known as the fishing capital of the world. This license-free saltwater fishing day is a great reminder of how thankful we are that our state is home to so many natural treasures and unique outdoor activities. We are expecting to welcome millions of visitors to Florida for the holiday weekend and I hope everyone will take this opportunity to enjoy our beautiful state with their families.”

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski said, “A major part of FWC’s mission to conserve all of Florida’s natural resources is the responsibility to provide Floridians and our visitors with access to some of America’s best fishing opportunities. Throughout the year, license-free fishing days give our residents, especially young children, the chance to learn more about natural Florida and the work that goes into its conservation. FWC will continue the responsible management of our state’s fisheries so Floridians can have abundant fishing opportunities. Our hope is that families throughout the state can spend time with loved ones enjoying great fishing while giving thanks this holiday weekend.”

Saltwater license-free fishing days allow anglers to fish for saltwater species without being required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on license-free fishing days, and during the red snapper season. To learn more about license-free fishing days, visit MyFWC.com/License. For fishing tips, locations and other information visit MyFWC.com/Fishing.

#Fishing #Florida #Free


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FWC Recruit Class 31 takes on the #MannequinChallenge!
Our recruits face many things on the road to becoming an FWC officer. Defensive Tactics training includes being sprayed in the face with pepper spray, then having to control and arrest a “perp,” short for perpetrator. Want to become an officer? Talk to a recruiter! Find yours here: http://myfwc.com/contact/law-enforcement/contact-recruiter/

#Mannequin #LawEnforcement #Recruit #Officer #Challenge #FWC #MyFWC #Video #Florida #Conservation

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How does Bass Pro stock their aquarium? Watch :)

The FWC Freshwater Fisheries team partnered with Law Enforcement to stock the fish in the aquarium at Gainesville’s new Bass Pro Shops! Take a look at this video for more info and be sure to visit the store for its Grand Opening on Wednesday, November 9 from 6-9pm!

https://youtu.be/6bgNpnrStdU
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