2014 Florida Panther NWR Open House
Mar. 15th - Refuge open house! Free activities include swamp buggy tours, orchid wet walks, guided birding walks, and guided plant hikes!
2014 Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Open House
Save the Florida Panther Day!
Panther biologists, exhibits, and more!! Come learn about Florida panthers at the Naples Zoo free Saturday for Collier County residents!
Naples Zoo - Save the Florida Panther Day
The Florida Panther
The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern US. There are only between 100-160 left, all in South Florida.
Good Fires Prevent Bad Ones
Fire is an important part of Florida’s natural ecology. Prescribed burning seeks to reproduce the positive effects of natural wildfires.
Help revise our plan!
The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge needs your help to revise the Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
Revising the Comprehensive Conservation Plan
Comprehensive Conservation Plan
Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.Comprehensive Conservation Plan
About the Complex
Collier County, Florida is home to two national wildlife refuges, Florida Panther NWR and the Ten Thousand Islands NWR.
Florida Panther is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Happenings on the Refuge
- March 15, 2014
The Florida Panther Refuge open house will be held on Saturday, March 15th. All activities are free and include lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge. Make your reservations for free swamp buggy tours, orchid wet walks, guided birding walks, and guided plant hikes starting March 10th. 2014 Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Open House
Florida native orchids are faced with a constant threat of habitat alteration from agriculture and development, exotic plant invasion, poaching, and other adverse impacts to the ecosystem. While no Florida native orchid is federally listed as endangered or threatened, most Florida orchid species are State-listed as threatened or endangered and face the possibility of extinction if conservation and recovery plans are not investigated and instituted.
Find out more about orchid research at Florida Panther NWR.Learn more
Nature turns frowns upside down. Studies indicate that children who play and explore outdoors are less stressed and may further benefit by learning confidence and social skills. In nature, kids and families get a chance to move at life’s natural pace, where time disappears, no one is bored, and exploration turns into fun adventure.Learn more
The Florida Panther Refuge open house will be held on Saturday, March 15th. All activities are free and include lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge. Make your reservations for free swamp buggy tours, orchid wet walks, guided birding walks, and guided plant hikes starting March 10th.
Page Photo Credits Panther eyes - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Brazillian Pepper - Jenny Evans/SCCF, Prescribed burn by USFWS firefighters - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Clamshell Orchid - © Larry W. Richardson, Red-cockaded woodpecker - © Larry W. Richardson
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2014