Use caution around cold water❄️ If you are boating or recreating on or near the water this time of year, we want you to be safe! Falling into cold water can shock the body then cause a loss of motor skills, eventually leading to hypothermia. Wearing a life jacket whenever you’re on the water is ALWAYS the safest thing to do and it can be especially vital if you fall into cold water. Having a life jacket on when in the water reduces the need to swim or move as much—which in turn reduces the loss of body heat—and helps insulate the body. FWC photo of a life jacket demo #Boa#Boat/a> #Safety #Water #Cold #LifeJacket #Demo #Recreation #Boat #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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Thank you Mrs Smith, from King Middle School, for inviting us to speak with your students about Florida Black Bears!
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Right whale sighting! 🐳 A North Atlantic right whale recently spotted in NW Florida by a beach resident has caused quite a splash. Not only is it the first right whale sighted during this calving season, but it is the first right whale recorded in the Gulf of Mexico since 2006! This whale could still be in the area or traveling around the peninsula of Florida on its way back to the Atlantic Ocean. If you see a large whale, we are asking that you report it immediately to 1-877-WHALE-HELP (1-877-942-5343) to assist whale researchers. FWC photo of a right whale taken in 2013 under NOAA Research Permit #15488. #PanamaCity #PanamaCityBeach #Whale #RightWhale #Sighting #GulfofMexico #Wildlife #Ocean #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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Today I turned in this 8-footer that Team Tommel (Swamp Apes) captured this past Saturday night out in the Glades. This Burmese python is a lucky fellow: He won't be euthanized but instead will be used in a program involving study of this invasive species' pheromones. #swampapes #fwc #myfwc #floridaeverglades #burmesepython #invasivespecies #floridainvasives #pythonhunters #everglades
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Coexisting with coyotes 👍🏻 Coyotes are found throughout the state, benefiting our ecosystem by controlling rodent and other species populations, including cockroaches! While typically shy and elusive, you may encounter them alone, in pairs or in small groups in urban or rural areas. To help avoid close encounters with coyotes, take steps to keep trash, pet food, fruits from landscape plants, and other potential foods from being readily available in your neighborhood. If you come across a coyote at close range, you can make loud noises or take other actions to frighten it away. Swipe up on our Instagram Story for more information on how to coexist with coyotes! #Coyote #Coexist #Wildlife #Mammal #Ecosystem #Conservation #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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Spotting Caracaras all over this weekend! 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 #photography #ig_color #ig_captures #earthpix #roa#roamtheplanet #the#themoderndayexplorer #travel #dscvr_earth #stayandwander #roamtheplanet #themoderndayexplorer #lonelyplanet #roamflorida #floridasun #naturefl #lovefl #visitfl #pureflorida #myfwc #FloridaBirdingTrail
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Caution: nature is talking | Everglades | Florida | In my post number one hundred I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the people who follow this space where I share a perspective of the world and life with two passions, photography and nature. Whoever ventures and delves into nature knows that the more time we spend immersed, the more we begin to understand the symbiosis that occurs there and we learn to read the environment that surrounds us, to discover the traces of animals, feces and behaviors. We can call it chance, this day entering the everglades, my attention was caught by a vulture that was standing next to a caution sign. I spent many minutes with him, taking pictures, talking and admiring him. It seemed that he wanted to tell me something, he looked at me and even came close enough to me. As someone who does not always want to believe in these things, I thought that if so, I should be more careful than other times. Sure enough, a few more minutes ahead, I would have an encounter with a rattlesnake. that luckily did not happen to majors. You just have to remember that nature is alive and talking to us all the time, we only need to stop and listen. #amazing #story #photographer #everglades #nature #naturelover #naturephotography #florida #vulture #caution #trails #walk #advice #naturaleza #bird #adventure #wwfvoices #myfwc #picoftheday #instagood #igers #environment #natgeo #life #awake #awakening #thenatureconservancy
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New Year’s Resolution #3: Outdoor activities 😃🛶If you have today off in honor of the great contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., we encourage you to step out of the digital world and immerse yourself in the outdoor world by going hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, zip lining….well, you get the point. If the temps are too chilly for you today, start making plans for the rest of 2018! There are a ton of fun outings in Florida to help you stay fit and entertained all year long. Many of these activities can be done at one of our wildlife management areas or a state park, among other outdoor locations. #NewYear #MLK #Resolution #Outdoor #Adventure #Activity #2018 #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday FWC photo by Andy Wraithmell
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Eyes are the windows to the soul and I never get tired of looking into these...a couple closeup shots of some of the cold stunned sea turtles we rescued last week. See previous post for full story. Pics 1-3,10 are green sea turtles, pics 4-7 are loggerheads, and 8-9 are Kemp's ridleys, the rarest sea turtle in the world. . #rescue #RescueRehabRelease #seaturtle #FloridaWeather #winterinflorida #saltlife #lovemyjob #DrMcGee #MyFWC #conservation #kickasscolleagues #luckygirl #livethelifeyoulove #lovethelifeyoulive #wildlife #loveFl #florida #floridawild #waterlust #endangeredspecies #permitted #science #nature #animal #ProtectWhatYouLove #fbf #tgif #natgeo #naturephotography #wildlifephotography
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Way too many and way too big 🙅🏻‍♂️🐟 A call to our Wildlife Alert Program alerted Officer Balgo of suspicious fishing activity involving three subjects taking numerous black drum. After observing the subjects, he approached them to conduct a fisheries inspection, which showed that the anglers were in possession of eighteen oversized black drum. This is well over the allowable limit for this species. These violators were cited accordingly. If you suspect a fish, wildlife, boating, or environmental law violation, help us support legal anglers and conserve our natural resources by reporting it to our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). FWC photo #LawEnforcement #Officer #Case #Wildlife #Alert #Fis#Fishing #BlackDrum #Fish #BrevardCounty #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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Manatee season is in full effect! Please be aware for the safety of these animals. Rental outfitters, please inform your guests that outside the channel is a slow speed zone on our waterways. It is absolutely possible to enjoy our waterways and respect nature and other humans at the same time✨✌🏼💫💦☀️🏄🏻‍♀️#manateeseason #jupiterpointeboatclub #jupiterinletboatrentals #beachwatersports #indianriverlagoon #myfwc #teachthetourists #weareinthistogether #safetyonthewaterforall#giveashitaboutnature #uniquelyjupiter
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THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE SHARED!!!!! STOP LETTING EXOTIC PETS LOOSE! There are options!!!! #Repost @myfwc ・・・ Finding homes for exotic pets ☀️🏡🐍 Are you no longer able to care for your exotic pet? Don’t let it loose! Instead, attend one of our Exotic Pet Amnesty Days. These events are held throughout the state and allow pet owners to surrender their exotic pets with no cost or penalties. By surrendering your pet, you help prevent the release of nonnative species into the wild. If you can’t attend an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event, call our Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681) for year-round assistance in finding your animal a new home. Our next Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event is this Saturday at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Swipe up on our Instagram Story for more information! FWC photo #Exotic #Pet #Nonnative #Wild #Event #Naples #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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Finding homes for exotic pets ☀️🏡🐍 Are you no longer able to care for your exotic pet? Don’t let it loose! Instead, attend one of our Exotic Pet Amnesty Days. These events are held throughout the state and allow pet owners to surrender their exotic pets with no cost or penalties. By surrendering your pet, you help prevent the release of nonnative species into the wild. If you can’t attend an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event, call our Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681) for year-round assistance in finding your animal a new home. Our next Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event is this Saturday at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Swipe up on our Instagram Story for more information! FWC photo #Exotic #Pet #Nonnative #Wild #Event #Naples #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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Wildlife Wednesday: Last week and throughout the wknd, we (myself and other FWC staff, our LE, colleagues from USGS and USFWS, and some amazingly dedicated permitted volunteers) rescued and transported to rehab, over 900 cold stunned sea turtles from the panhandle. Most were green sea turtles, but we also had numerous Kemp's ridleys (the rarest sea turtle in the world), several large loggerheads, and even a couple hawksbills. We had an exceptionally cold week in Florida and when the air and water temps drop, it can be life threatening to sea turtles and other marine life. Sea turtles can become cold stunned, a hypothermic like state where their systems begin to shut down and strandings increase. Despite appearing nearly lifeless, most sea turtles, if rescued in time, can make a full recovery and be released back into the wild when temperatures increase. It was amazing to see sea turtles we dropped off at rehab earlier in the week already showing significant improvements by the wknd. If you see a stranded or injured sea turtle or manatee, please call 1-888-404-FWCC (3922). (Photo descriptions in comments) . #rescue #RescueRehabRelease #seaturtle #FloridaWeather #winterinflorida #saltlife #lovemyjob #DrMcGee #conservation #kickasscolleagues #luckygirl #livethelifeyoulove #lovethelifeyoulive #wildlife #loveFl #florida #wildlifeconservation #floridawild #coldstunned #waterlust #endangeredspecies #permitted #MyFWC #science #nature #animal #babyitscoldoutside #bundledup #ProtectWhatYouLove #natgeo
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Thank you so much to FWC Investigator Jarrod Molnar (aka my good looking hubby 😍🤪) and Bear Biologist Jordan Green for coming out to NABORS monthly luncheon and speaking about bears in our community. Y’all did such a great job! #myfwc #fishingwildlife #gamewarden #bearbiologist #realestate #realtor® #nabor #navarreareaboardofrealtors #proudleowife 🐻💚
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Cold weather and fish 🐟❄️ With an intense cold snap behind us and more cold weather ahead, here are a few things you may need to know about fish and cold weather, and how you can help! Cold stress may make fish more susceptible to disease or could even kill them. Some fish handle the cold better than others. Warm-water species, like snook, are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. While these fish may be easier to catch in cold weather, remember to always follow current fishing regulations. If you see dead or dying fish, call our Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. FWC photo #Fish #Cold #Weather #ColdStress #Snook #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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🦈 Added the link to this in my bio - we have to help keep the pressure on for a just outcome. @tanyaaarrr @floridian_diver @respect_the_fin @respectanimalrights @wildconceptconservation @wildaid @oceanskeepers @oceanconservancy @myfwc @sea_legacy @seashepherd Repost @finalliance (@get_repost) ・・・ The 3 men charged in the shark dragging video from last summer did not appear in court but their lawyers did enter pleas for not guilty. Depositions are set for Mar 6th. 🦈 Article linked on our fb page #shark #sharkdragging #sha#sharkconservation #savesharks #sharks #comeonman #BreakingNews #News #Shark #SharkDragging #Case #Officers #Arrest #Investigation #LawEnforcement #MyFWC #FWC #Hillsborough #letstalkshark #savetheocean #lovesharks #respectoverfear #defend #stopcruelty #marineecosystems #marinebiologist #sharkdays #sharkconservation #respectthefin
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Conversamos con el oficial Maza del FWC sobre regulaciones de especies de “snappers” ya que hay confusión con las Cuberetas (5 por pescador) y las Rabí Rubias (10 por pescador) Aclaremos está regulación conocida como “Aggregates” #cuberetas #pargos #snappers #baglimits #floridafishing #vamosapescar #myfwc
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What you can do for wood ducks? 🦆 Wood ducks, one of the most beautiful duck species in North America, begin nesting here as early as late January. They typically nest in tree cavities near lakes, rivers, ponds, and other wetlands, but will readily accept manmade nest boxes as well. You can help wood ducks by building a nest box or maintaining existing nest boxes. Swipe up on our Instagram Story to learn how to build a wood duck nest box! Photo by USFWS #WoodDuck #Duck #Nesting #Bird #BirdsofInstagram #Wildlife #Conservation #NestBox #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday #Florida
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Our Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops provide expert instructors and safe, hands-on opportunities to learn skills such as fishing, boating, hunting, target shooting, birdwatching, canoeing/kayaking, archery, outdoor cooking and more. 😁 The workshops are open to anyone 18 years or older. Swipe up on our Instagram Story to register for our Feb. 16-18 workshop in West Pam Beach! #Outdoor #Skills #Fishing #Hunting #TargetShooting #Bird #Watching #Canoe #Kayak #Archery #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #WestPalmBeach
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New Year’s Resolution #2: Try your hand at hunting! 😃 🏹 Hunting is a safe, relaxing and exciting way for friends and family to spend time together while experiencing Florida’s natural beauty. Try your hand at hunting this year to gain a new understanding about wildlife and habitat, and bring some healthy, locally-sourced food to the table. FWC photo by Tim Donovan #Hun#Hunt/a> #Hunt #Friends #Family #Activity #Wildlife #Conservation #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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♻️Repost: @lisaolschewskephotography ・・・ My son found a sea turtle trapped in the coquina rock late today at marineland beach . I called marineland and then decided to take it to Whitney Lab across from marineland . They happen to have a rehab facility. They were so nice and let us go with them and we learned a lot . His temp was 46 degrees! Sea turtles take on their environment, body temp wise . She said they will have to gradually bring the turtle’s body temp only 2 degrees per day . We will be keeping in touch to see if he makes it . Blog post coming @wildlifewarriorsworldwide @australiazoo soon .@keepersofthecoast @myfwc #seaturtle #seaturtlerescue #sea#sealife #noreaster2018 #kingtide #staugustine #flagercounty #marineland #whitneylab #naturephotography #sealife #savetheturtles #staugustinephotographer #florida #myfwc #igersjax #jaxsquared #igers_staugustine
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Great morning hunt with these new hunters. Excellent work by our volunteer guide #alexdietz. Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping us make this happen. #gainesvilleharleydavidson #newberryfl #farmcredit #campususa #myfwc #bassprogainesville and so many more.
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Cruising down the coastal highway, along the forgotten coast, on our way to the Bay to find and rescue more cold stunned sea turtles. This is our view. This pic doesn't even do it justice. When the sun first peeked over the horizon, it was a firey orange and was reflecting a bright glow all over everything, so beautiful!! . #nofilter #nofilterneeded #sunrise #sunriseporn #searchandrescue #fieldwork #DrMcGee #nature #earthporn #natureporn #loveFl #forgottencoast #florida #winterinflorida #winterweather #seaturtles #rescue #coldstunned #MyFWC #lovemyjob #luckygirl #happygirl #livethelifeyoulove #lovethelifeyoulive #adventure #explore #getoutsideandplay #picoftheday #photooftheday #naturephography
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As we walked towards the beach we saw this pelican eating a fish 😃!! We got so excited because it was our first time seen one so up close and eating! I found out that this is a brown Pelican. They are the smallest of the six different species in the world. This species can reach a length of 48 inches also they are located on both coast North and South America along the Pacific side (reference from myfcw.com) . . . . 🇨🇱 Osea nunca había visto un Pelícano así de cerca comiendo! Se cacha q no iba mucho al mar en Chile? 😄 o a lo mejor si vi y no me acuerdo! Pero me encanto haber podido captar ese momento tragando en pez! Y logré acercarme más después de eso... se veía como q están acostumbrados de la gente. . . . . . #flnaturalphotos #pelicans #pelicanusoccidentalis #jupiterbeach #myfwc #florida #pelicanos #peces #mar #travel
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This cold weather not only has us humans shivering but also sea turtles. Thank you to @fwcresearch and @myfwc and your group of permitted volunteers for rescuing the cold stunned sea turtles. As of today they have rescued 200 cold stunned sea turtles! . . #lovefl #thebeachtoday #volunteer #volunteers #volunteerism #volunteering #seaturtle #seaturtles #seaturtletrackers #stpetebeach #stpetebeachfl #florida #environment #oceanambassador #fwc #coldsnap #coldstunned #oceanambassadors #loggerhead #loggerheads #loggerheadseaturtle #ocean#dogood #local #haw#hawksbillseaturtle #hawksbill #hawksbillseaturtles #greenseaturtle #greenseaturtles #myfwc
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Repost from @isl@islandwatersports @TopRankRepost #TopRankRepost The real MVPS 💚🙏🐢 check out @islandwatersports Instagram story to watch behind the scenes footage of @myfwc staff rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles. 🚨If you see injured or distressed wildlife, report them to the Wildlife Alert Hotline ☎️ at ‪888 404-FWCC. 📷 Rebekah Nelson #SeaTurtle #Florida #Conservation #MyFWC
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I’ve never seen the Suwannee sparkle quite like this. Florida Trail on Thursday ❤️ #floridatrail #floridahikingalliance #girlswhohikefl #naturefl #keepflwild #myfwc #floridahikes
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Warm happy sea turtles at Gulf World! Such a good feeling seeing everyone’s hard work pay off. So many amazing people who care, thanks and ❤️ to you all! 🐢👀 #seaturtles #seaturtleconservation #goteam #myfwc #conservation #wildliferescue #gulfworldmarinepark
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The real MVPS 💚🙏🐢 check our Instagram story to watch behind the scenes footage of @myfwc staff rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles. 🚨If you see injured or distressed wildlife, report them to the Wildlife Alert Hotline ☎️ at ‪888 404-FWCC. 📷 Rebekah Nelson #SeaTurtle #Florida #Conservation #MyFWC
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Rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles ❄️ Check out our Instagram Story to watch behind the scenes footage of our staff rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and be sure to swipe up to watch our Facebook Live! If you see injured or distressed wildlife, such as sea turtles, report them to our Wildlife Alert Hotline at ‪888-404-FWCC (3922). FWC photos by Rebekah Nelson #SeaTurtle #Turtle #Rescue #Cold #Florida #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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24 degrees this morning at the trailhead and my coldest Florida hike yet. We stopped and looked at just about every beautiful piece of ice along this seven mile stretch of the Suwannee section of the Florida Trail. May have been my slowest seven miles ever, but it was incredible @keithcurrypochy #floridatrail #floridahikes #floridahikingalliance #girlswhohikefl #floridaexplored #roamflorida #lovefl #naturefl #myfwc
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Thanks to @SeaWorldOrlando and @MyFWC for their rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts. These four and six month old manatees are well fed, warm, and healthy! Learn more at http://myfwc.com/get-involved/support-fwc/
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Helping sea turtles and manatees weather the cold❄️🐢Our staff, permitted volunteers and partners are working diligently to rescue sea turtles affected by low water temperatures. When the water temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore. Although these turtles may appear to be dead, they are often still alive. We are also monitoring impacts to manatees. Please help manatees by avoiding areas where they gather in large numbers. Disturbances may cause manatees to leave their warm-water sites, putting them in danger. If you see injured or distressed wildlife, such as sea turtles or manatees, report them to our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Cold temperatures may also impact fish. To report dead and dying fish, call our Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. FWC file photos #SeaTurtle #Manatee #Cold #Turtle #Water #Fish #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday
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My son found a sea turtle trapped in the coquina rock late today at marineland beach . I called marineland and then decided to take it to Whitney Lab across from marineland . They happen to have a rehab facility. They were so nice and let us go with them and we learned a lot . His temp was 46 degrees! Sea turtles take on their environment, body temp wise . She said they will have to gradually bring the turtle’s body temp only 2 degrees per day . We will be keeping in touch to see if he makes it . Blog post coming @wildlifewarriorsworldwide @australiazoo soon .@keepersofthecoast@myfwc #seaturtle #seaturtlerescue #sea#sealife #surfers #noreaster2018 #kingtide #staugustine#flagercounty#marineland #whitneylab#naturephotography #sealife #savetheturtles #ocean #staugustinephotographer #florida#myfwc
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