The fox squirrel, named for its fox-like tail, is a charismatic mammal approximately twice the size of the common gray squirrel. The coloration of the fox squirrel is highly variable, ranging from a creamy tan to all black. In Florida, the fox squirrel can be found in almost every county, but the distribution is patchy and not well understood. To better understand fox squirrel distribution, A new research project, conducted by the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is asking members of the public across the state to report their fox squirrel sightings at the following website: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/foxsquirrel/GetLatLong.aspx
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION TEAMS UP WITH USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE TO ASSIST LANDOWNERS WITH LONGLEAF RESTORATION
The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) are teaming up to help landowners who currently have longleaf pine on their property and need help with management and/or landowners who are interested in restoring longleaf pine to their property. Through this partnership, NWTF certified biologists will develop a conservation plan for landowners in North and Central Florida. Once a conservation plan has been finalized, the NWTF will then work with NRCS to determine what type of financial assistance they can qualify for through NRCS’s Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), one of the incentive programs offered via the Farm Bill to private landowners. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact the Florida NWTF regional biologist, Derek Alkire firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: (352) 262-2373. http://www.nwtf.org/nwtf_newsroom/press_releases.php?id=13493
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
On July 19 a fire destroyed the Conference Center at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest. No one was hurt or injured and we do not know the cause of the fire. This is a great loss to the School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF-IFAS, Stewardship stakeholders and all who have enjoyed an event, celebration or meeting at this marvelous facility. We look to the future and plan to rebuild.