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Creature Feature: Gray Fox

Creature Feature: Gray Fox

Our gray fox is a member of the canine, or dog family, but acts like a cat! It weighs about as much as a house cat, 7-13 pounds, and hunts its prey by stalking just like our feline tabbies and kitties do. Gray foxes eat rodents, reptiles and even berries and fruit.
Nature at Home: Garden Photography

Nature at Home: Garden Photography

This spring, as we continue social distancing and staying at home as much as possible, many people are writing about the pleasure they’re finding in gardening. Some are life-long gardeners, others are finding connection to nature in planting seeds for the first time.
Creature Feature: Florida panther

Creature Feature: Florida panther

The Florida panther is Florida's official state animal and has been listed as a federally endangered species since 1967. Historically, the Florida panther roamed across the southeastern portion of the United States—all the way from Florida to Louisiana throughout the Gulf Coast states and Arkansas. Today the breeding population is limited to the southern tip of Florida.
Nature at Home: Monarch Metamorphosis

Nature at Home: Monarch Metamorphosis

Monarch butterflies have captured the imagination of many people and it’s easy to see why. Monarchs are big and bold. Their bright colors warn predators that the butterflies are poisonous to many. They are excellent fliers, with one generation flying up to thousands of miles to locations where they will overwinter.
Creature Feature: Florida black bear

Creature Feature: Florida black bear

Our wonderful native Florida black bear is a smaller version of the much more common Eastern black bear. Generally shy and reclusive unless protecting cubs, it has good eyesight up close and possibly the best sense of smell of all native animals.
Nature at Home for Kids Indoors

Nature at Home for Kids Indoors

As we try to stay safe at home, many families are looking for interesting and educational activities for kids. Even on days when we can get out to walk or play close to home there are still hours spent inside.
Creature Feature: Bobcat

Creature Feature: Bobcat

Besides the iconic Florida panther, our other native wild cat is the bobcat, named for its short, or “bobbed” tail, and exists only in North America. While the bobcat may look like a domestic cat, it is definitely a wild animal. Generally living a solitary existence, it uses its eyesight and excellent hearing to hunt for its food.
Nature at Home: Sunflowers

Nature at Home: Sunflowers

As many of us are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may give us a chance to enjoy the natural world close at hand. The first bloom on a sunflower is a welcome sign of spring. Last week in our garden this mighty sunflower, already over 6 feet tall, produced its first flower.
2020 FWF AWARDS BANQUET CANCELLED

2020 FWF AWARDS BANQUET CANCELLED

Due to the coronavirus issue, it has been decided to cancel the Florida Wildlife Federation Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for June 6, 2020 at Hutchinson Island. The Awards Banquet is a tradition going back many, many years in which conservation leaders from across the state are recognized for their contributions to the protection of our natural resources. We plan to have the 2021 Awards Banquet next summer at the same location and with the same award winners.
Creature Feature: Gopher tortoise

Creature Feature: Gopher tortoise

Gopher tortoises are found in all 67 counties across Florida and have been on the planet for 60 million years!