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Get involved; Be an FWC volunteer!

By Guest Author Posted on April 12, 2018

During Florida Volunteer Month in April, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is celebrating its many volunteers who contribute time and energy to help conserve fish, wildlife and habitats, and help improve public access and skills related to outdoor experiences such as hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing.

Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers assisted FWC staff with 85 projects around the state.

Students from Odessa Christian School volunteer to build nest boxes for the Southeastern American Kestrel. The kestrel is Florida’s smallest falcon and one of many bird species that rely on tree cavities for homes. FWC photo

“We value our volunteers. The positive power of volunteers strengthens our efforts to conserve Florida’s fish and wildife resources,” said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “If you want to combine being in Florida’s beautiful outdoors with volunteering, we encourage you to get involved as an FWC volunteer.”

Al Harris, Youth Hunting Program Guide, and Lane Naftal, Youth Hunter, celebrate a successful harvest . FWC photo by Christine Freeman

Here are some projects that FWC volunteers are assisting with:

  • Collecting data to increase knowledge of Florida’s imperiled species.
  • Instructing youth, residents and visitors on how to become responsible outdoor recreators.
  • Rescuing marine mammals.
Project WILD facilitators help conduct workshops, participate as mentors and assist at train the trainer workshops. Each educator equipped with Project WILD curricula can impact 25 or more students per year, increasing and expanding youth participation in wildlife discovery. FWC photo
  • Monitoring and restoring oyster reef habitat.
  • Constructing, installing and monitoring nest boxes for southeastern American kestrels and wood ducks.
  • Helping construct and maintain a gravity-fed irrigation system for plants used in scrub habitat restoration.
  • Helping improve visitors’ experiences at many of the FWC’s wildlife management areas.
  • Helping organize scientific data.

FWC’s Ridge Ranger volunteers planted scrub oaks, using water from a gravity-fed irrigation system that they also put into place and tested at the FWC’s Royce Unit, Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife Environmental Area. FWC photo

Go to MyFWC.com/Get Involved, to see FWC volunteer opportunities available statewide and by region.

Additionally, volunteers can sign-up for projects on the MyFWC.com/Calendar, where a wide range of volunteer opportunities are advertised.

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