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FWC 2021-2022 Manatee and Sea Turtle Decals 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) just released the new 2021-2022 manatee and sea turtle decals. These high-quality waterproof stickers feature two different designs and are a fun way for people to directly support research, rescue and management efforts that conserve these species and spread awareness about the challenges they face. Each July,…

FWC Approves Draft Language on Diamondback Terrapin Conservation

At its December meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft language and directed staff to continue working on diamondback terrapin conservation proposals that are part of a larger approach to prevent further decline of the species.  Throughout their range, diamondback terrapin populations are in decline due to a variety of issues,…

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Sea Turtles and Manatees Released in the Florida Keys

As well as human visitors who come to the Florida Keys for rest and renewal, marine creatures in need come calling, too. Some Sea Turtles and Manatees arrive with health problems, while others are injured, orphaned, or lost. When recovered they are released. Throughout the island chain, ailing sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and whales encounter…

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SeaTurtle Maisy Released in Florida Keys to Join Tour de Turtles Race

A rare hybrid hawksbill-green seaturtle Maisy, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, was fitted with a satellite-tracking transmitter and released from a Florida Keys beach Friday to join the Tour de Turtles, a marathon-like “race” that follows the long-distance migration of sea turtles over three months. The annual educational project, organized by the Sea…

Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is asking the public to report observations of horseshoe crabs mating activities in order to help biologists identify nesting beaches around the state. Horseshoe crabs can be found in the United States from Maine to Florida. Adult horseshoe crabs are usually found offshore, but they mate on sandy beaches…

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Report Wildlife Violations Incidents or Observations

Having extra eyes on the water can help law enforcement, aid in the rescue of distressed people or wildlife, and even support research on rare and unusual marine events. Report Wildlife Violations. It is always best when the individual witnessing an incident makes the phone call directly, so that the agency receiving the report can…

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Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehab Center Monthly Lecture Series

With native tropical flora of the Florida Keys being impacted by a growing population and urban development, the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center has begun sponsoring a conservation lecture series, “Wings N’ Things.” The next presentation will feature guest speaker Lynn Miller, Ph.D., wildlife education director at the South Florida Wildlife Center, which is…

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Florida Keys Rules You Should Know

The Florida Keys are a fragile and unique environment brimming with life and complex ecosystems.  Numerous state and federal regulations exist to protect the Florida Keys and surrounding ocean. Florida Keys Rules. Frequent reports of wildlife violations prompted us to create this guide to the many environmental protections that everyone, visitors and residents, should know.  …

Orphaned Twin Manatees Released Back Into Florida Keys Waters

Twin juvenile manatees “Falcon” and “Millennium” were released in the Florida Keys Thursday by marine mammal experts with Dolphin Research Center, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Miami Seaquarium Spectators applauded as the two-and-a-half-year-old twins were returned to an area with open-water access to Florida Bay. Each was fitted with a satellite tracking…

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FWC Approves Status Changes for Monroe County Osprey

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for eight of the more than 50 species, the only local is the Monroe County Osprey, in the agency’s Imperiled Species Management Plan. Based on thorough scientific review, FWC staff determined that the eastern chipmunk, harlequin darter, Homosassa shrew, southern…

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Great White Sharks in the Florida Keys

Most associate Great White Sharks with the waters of New England and California. There have long been stories from local Charter Captains of close encounters with Great Whites in the Florida Keys. These stories usually stayed within the local fishing docks and were not known widely. With the more recent availability of digital cameras aboard the boats and social networks to…

The Animal Lovers Guide to the Florida Keys

From red-shouldered hawks to six-toed cats, unique residents inhabit nearly every corner of the Florida Keys. It’s no surprise that this tropical archipelago is a favorite travel destination among animal lovers. At Cheeca, in keeping with our commitment to eco-friendly tourism, we encourage our guests to seek out humane local organizations—such as wildlife rescues and…

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Sea Turtles will always have the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys

As long as sea turtles remain on the Earth, they will always have a Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys. The Turtle Hospital’s deed is now permanently restricted to remain a place for turtle care, thanks to its creator. Turtle Hospital founder Richie Moretti wanted to make sure the facility he started outlived him. So in February, he…