Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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The focus of the Partners Program in South Florida is on restoration of native habitats (i.e., Dry Prairie, South Florida Slash Pine Flatwoods  and Pine Rocklands) for listed and “at risk” species, restoration of degraded wetlands, and eradication of invasive and exotic species. Our Private Lands Biologist, Dr. Erin Myers, works with landowners and land managers across 19 counties in South Florida, from Kissimmee down to Key West. Most of her projects involve invasive plant removal from native habitats and ranchlands. One of her primary goals is to assist land owners with restoration and management of habitat for the endangered Florida panther in counties within the Florida Panther Focus Area. She also works closely with ranchers and land managers in the Florida grasshopper sparrow distribution area, to assist with habitat management and monitoring for this highly endangered bird.     
Dr. MyersDr. Myers offers both technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in restoring habitat for listed species.


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Many native birds use Florida ranchlands for food, water and cover.  (From left to right: Sandhill crane family, male and female bobwhite quail, burrowing owl)

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The gopher tortoise (pictured here), is one of many “at risk” species that benefit from habitat management provided by landowners in the Partners Program.

Several "Partners Projects" provide habitat to important pollinators. The rare atala butterfly, pictured below, only uses the coontie as a larval host plant.

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(Variegated fritillary butterfly on native pickerel weed plant)(The rare atala butterfly on a coontie plant in restored pine rockland habitat.)

Many listed species benefit from habitat provided from working ranchlands in central Florida.

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(From left to right: endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow, threatened Audobon's crested caracara, state listed roseate spoonbill with an endangered wood stork)