Since the Florida Panther Refuge was established in 1989,
its 26,000+ acres has been the focus of scientific research from many
universities, government and non-government organizations; both nationally and
internationally. Regarded by many as
relatively undisturbed or still representative of natural habitats, various
data collected from the Refuge has often been used as baseline information to
compare with other sites on nearby lands undergoing needed research or
restoration, such as the restoration of the Picayune Strand State Forest.
All research undertaken on the Refuge is either sponsored by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or allowed through an approval process and Special Use Permit. Many factors are weighed in approving
research activities, including the pertinent need for the work, access
requirements, level of supervision required, degree of anticipated disturbance,
and how the results of any given project may support the respective missions of
the Service, Refuge System and the objectives that the Refuge has set forth in
the Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
If you are a College or University professor, post-doc or graduate
student looking for a project that will have real implications on the
management of wildlife and habitats, the following is a sampling of research “questions”
that could be considered in developing hypotheses’ for investigations on the
Using data from
existing remote camera array.
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Public scoping comments for updating our fire management plan are due by Feb. 27, 2015.