Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Address: Farris Bryant Building, 620 S. Meridian St, Tallahassee, 32399-1600 FL
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Phone: (850) 488-4676
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is located at Farris Bryant Building, 620 S. Meridian St, Tallahassee, 32399-1600 FL. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission phone number is (850) 488-4676.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission News

Pine snake discovery Two Florida pine snake nests were discovered during a gopher tortoise relocation effort. These are only the second and third nests belonging to this subspecies ever to be found! Our biologists incubated the eggs and released all of the babies back into the wild. The Florida pine snake is a State Threatened reptile that spends most of its time underground. It is a commensal species with the gopher tortoise, meaning that it often uses the same burrows. This knowledge will help us conserve one of our state’s imperiled species. Florida pine snake info: http://bit.ly/2ysexg5 More photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsms2rKsi FWC photos

Monarch migration Millions of monarch butterflies are traveling south to their winter home in Mexico, and many have a layover here! These butterflies come from as far north as Canada. The migrant behavior of these long-distance travelers sets them apart from south Florida’s resident monarch population. Check out the photos to learn more about these iconic insects! Monarch tagging photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8ZZ2Kq Butterfly viewing info: http://bit.ly/2EKUlf1 FWC photos

We want you! Have a passion for protecting people and conserving our valuable natural resources? Ready to patrol by land and sea? You might have what it takes to be one of our officers. We are accepting applications through Nov. 16. Apply today! : http://bit.ly/2F5t9Yu Questions? Contact your regional law enforcement recruiter. Find yours here: https://bit.ly/1OqavXT FWC photos

Welcome home We are so proud of our officers and staff who have traveled to the Panhandle to help with Hurricane Michael recovery. We are on our sixth deployment wave and more than 400 officers and staff have responded over the past three weeks. We know there is still work to be done and we are continuing our support. While it is hard for all first responders to be away from their families, we are committed to working with our partners to help those in need. More pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjYeTbw Photo by Heather Lightsey

Hurricane vessel recovery Our top priority is the safety of the public and our responders, but conserving our state's fish, wildlife and habitats is also critical. Hurricane Michael has left many hidden obstacles under the water, presenting potential hazards for boaters. Working with partners, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, our goal is to ensure the removal of the hazards in a manner that is least impactful to our marine ecosystem. For general information about boats affected by Hurricane Michael, call 850-245-7716. If you are a vessel owner who has located your vessel and have a specific plan to salvage the vessel, call 850-488-5600, M-F, 8 a.m.—5 p.m. More information: https://bit.ly/2bclG61 FWC photos by Margaret Thompson

Bringing Halloween It brought us much comfort to be able to put a smile on the faces of children impacted by Hurricane Michael and add a bit of sweetness to the holiday. As residents continue to struggle in the area, our officers teamed up with the Gulf County Sheriff's Office, Hendry County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Forest Service to organize a Halloween trick or treat event yesterday. For hurricane recovery updates, follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter. Hurricane Michael photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC photos

Lending a helping hand We helped a resident move their personal belongings from their home which is now in an area that is inaccessible due to impacts from Hurricane Michael. Hurricane response efforts in the Panhandle are ongoing as we support the communities impacted by the storm. To view more photos, see our photo album which is updated regularly: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 For more hurricane recovery updates, follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter. Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. FWC photo

Land & sea From the land to the sea, we continue to provide crucial support as residents recover from the impacts of Hurricane Michael. For more hurricane recovery updates, follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter. Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/ More Hurricane Michael photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC photo by Margaret Thompson

Operation baby supplies In collaboration with our partners, we are continuing to provide support and resources to the areas most impacted by Hurricane Michael. One of the over 375 missions completed by law enforcement agencies so far has included the organized transportation and distribution of baby supplies donated by private citizens. These donated items will help impacted families with limited resources during this time of great need. We are grateful to have been able to assist with the execution of this successful mission, and are incredibly proud of the public’s continuous display of generosity. For Hurricane Michael recovery updates, follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter. Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. Hurricane Michael photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC photos

Standing in solidarity Our entire FWC family stands with those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Some of us live and work in the communities impacted by the storm and are also dealing with the effects of this devastating hurricane. We are here for the Panhandle and will continue to help in every way we can. Through the highs and lows, Florida will remain strong. #FloridaStrong Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. More photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC photos

Hurricane missions We have completed over 338 missions along with our partner law enforcement agencies since Michael made landfall in the Panhandle. Our officers continue to work with other agencies to provide aid to areas of greatest need. See updated pictures from our hurricane response efforts: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5. Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. FWC photos

Removing tree debris Hurricane Michael tore through the Panhandle leaving destruction in its wake. Its powerful winds downed countless trees onto and around homes, businesses and roadways. One of the ways our officers are providing relief to impacted areas is by removing debris so that residents can better access their homes and navigate through their communities. Follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter for Hurricane Michael recovery updates. Hurricane Michael photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. FWC photos

It takes a team Providing short- and long-term relief to the areas impacted by Hurricane Michael is a team effort. Our state has some of the most selfless first responders that come together from across the state to help the public in times of need. We are proud to work alongside our partners despite the unfortunate circumstances that bring us together. Follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter for Hurricane Michael recovery updates. Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. See more photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC photo by Tim Donovan

Incomparable strength While Hurricane Michael may have been the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the Panhandle since recorded history, the resilience of Floridians is even stronger. The displays of compassion and unity we have witnessed in the areas impacted by the storm make us proud and honored to collaborate with our partners to serve our residents and community. As sure as the weather is unpredictable, we will overcome this tragedy and rebuild. #FloridaStrong Follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter for Hurricane Michael recovery updates. Hurricane Michael photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. FWC photo by Jill Izsak

Working around the clock We are working relentlessly to support the communities in the Panhandle that were in the path of Hurricane Michael’s destruction. Currently, we are in our third wave of officers, other staff members, and resources that have been transitioned into the impacted area. Some of our most recent efforts have included locating missing persons, enforcing curfews, distributing humanitarian aid, clearing debris, assisting with medical calls, law enforcement patrols, escorting supply trucks, and assisting local police departments and sheriff’s offices with general law enforcement duties. See below for more information and to find out how you can help with relief and recovery efforts. • Need food, water or basic supplies? Visit https://floridadisaster.org/info/. • If you would like to volunteer to help or donate to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael, go to Volunteer Florida's website: https://www.VolunteerFlorida.org/. • To help FWC staff who were impacted by the storm get back on their feet, you can make a donation to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s Relief and Recovery Fund: http://bit.ly/2Ahx5AY. • See more photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC photo by Gus Holzer

Your help counts Thank you to all first responders and volunteers who have been selflessly committed to supporting the communities ravaged by Hurricane Michael. If you would like to volunteer to help or donate to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael, go to Volunteer Florida's website: https://www.VolunteerFlorida.org/. Also, among the residents heavily impacted in this area are many of our very own staff members. Some no longer have a home to go back to. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is graciously collecting monetary donations to help our first responders, biologists and other affected staff get back on their feet after such tremendous loss. Visit http://bit.ly/2Ahx5AY to help our staff impacted by the hurricane. Hurricane Michael photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5 FWC images

Hurricane Michael – 1 week later We continue to respond to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael and work with partners to provide aid and public safety support. See this past week in pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpm1vY5. Volunteer to help: http://bit.ly/FWChurricanemichael Need food, water or basic supplies? https://floridadisaster.org/info/ Open/Closed status of our WMAs & facilities: http://bit.ly/2J83IUF FWC photos

Helping with hurricane recovery Many who have seen the work our officers are doing to restore communities most heavily impacted by Hurricane Michael have asked us about how they can volunteer their time and resources to the cause. Our state is fortunate to have many residents who are willing to help in times of need. If you would like to help with hurricane recovery efforts, visit Volunteer Florida's website or call 1-800-FL-HELP-1 (1-800-354-3571) to be linked to coordinated efforts: www.VolunteerFlorida.org NOTE: Volunteers are a critical part to disaster relief efforts weeks, months and even years after a disaster event occurs. You may not be contacted in the initial response phase, but your contact information may be a key resource in the months to come. If you are in need of food, water or basic supplies, please visit a Point of Distribution near you: https://floridadisaster.org/info/ See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: http://MyFWC.com/Viewing/Recreation/Notices/ Hurricane Michael photo album: https://bit.ly/2CJjc10 FWC photo by Andy Wraithmell

Hurricane recovery efforts ongoing Supporting the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael is one of our biggest priorities right now. The destruction caused by the storm has left many individuals and families in the Panhandle with very limited resources. Our officers are in these impacted areas conducting welfare checks, performing search and rescue, surveying the extensive damage and executing public safety operations. Please continue to follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT on Twitter for more updates. If you are in need of food, water or basic supplies, please visit a Point of Distribution near you: https://floridadisaster.org/info/ See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: http://MyFWC.com/Viewing/Recreation/Notices/ Hurricane Michael photo album: https://bit.ly/2CJjc10 Download video here: https://vimeo.com/295177913 FWC video

Recovery continues Our officers are working tirelessly to perform search and rescue, welfare checks, reconnaissance and public safety missions for those impacted by Hurricane Michael. If you are in need of food, water or basic supplies, visit a Point of Distribution near you: https://floridadisaster.org/info/. Please continue to follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT for more updates on Twitter. Updating photos as they come in on Flickr: https://bit.ly/2CJjc10 See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: https://bit.ly/2QNNtOO FWC photos

Welfare checks Our officers have been in the Panhandle performing welfare checks on those impacted by Hurricane Michael. They go house to house making sure everyone is okay. Please continue to follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT for more updates on Twitter. Updating photos as they come in on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjYeTbw See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: http://ow.ly/ochT30feWAF FWC photos by Officer Ashley Tyer

FWC officers en route Our officers are on the way to assist with Hurricane Michael impacts. If you are in an impacted area please continue to stay off the roads and listen to your local authorities so that our first responders and utility crews can do their jobs. Follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT for more updates on Twitter. Updating photos as they come in on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjYeTbw See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: http://ow.ly/ochT30feWAF FWC video by Shannon Wright

Hurricane Michael landfall If there are storm impacts in your area, do not get on the road. Please shelter in place. We have 150 officers ready to respond with a variety of specialized equipment including ATVs, shallow draft boats and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Rapid response efforts continue, with tons of food, water and other critical supplies loaded on trucks ready to move in thanks to Governor Scott’s leadership. Follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT for more updates on Twitter. Updating photos as they come in on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjYeTbw See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: http://ow.ly/ochT30feWAF FWC photos

Hurricane Michael With landfall looming closer, please take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your family. We have law enforcement officers as well as officers from partner agencies standing by for the first wave of response based on potential storm impacts. For up-to-date statewide hurricane information, go to http://www.floridadisaster.org/info/, follow @MyFWC on Twitter and visit www.flgov.com. State offices are closed in the areas that may be affected by the hurricane, so we will continue operations after the storm. Stay safe! See open/closed status of Florida WMAs & facilities: http://ow.ly/ochT30feWAF Check HuntFlorida for more info. Image from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center (7 a.m. Central advisory). Most current advisory: http://bit.ly/2vE9Z72 #Hurricane #Michael

Help us combat invasive species Invasive species cause harm to native wildlife, pose a threat to human health and safety or may cause economic damage. More than 500 nonnative species have been reported in Florida. More than 150 of these are now established in the Sunshine State, meaning they are reproducing in the wild. We are taking action to protect wild Florida and prevent the introduction of additional nonnative species into our state and YOU can help. See the info below and read through the captions to learn how! Provide us feedback as we improve rules for nonnative species. • Take an online survey or attend a workshop. Details at: http://bit.ly/2QARJRI. • Email your input to NonnativeSpeciesRules@MyFWC.com. News release: http://bit.ly/2O99CdE