State biologist holds 2 bear cubs / USFWS

Here, a state wildlife biologist carries two black bear cubs to be released with the sow into the Lower Suwannee NWR where there is perfect habitat for them. They are being relocated from an overpopulated area to the Refuge with flatwoods, uplands, wetlands and marsh to provide a wide variety of habitat suitable for this family of bears. A strong partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Wildlife Refuge System helped to facilitate such a relocation.

Friends LogoThe mission of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges is to provide active advocacy and physical support for the successful stewardship of the Refuges.

In order to support this stewardship, the Friends of Lower Suwannee will promote awareness of these refuges, their habitats and their work, assist the scientific conservation and preservation efforts of the refuges, and advocate responsible habitat use. Thus education, volunteering, and advocacy will be the primary activities of this organization. Funds will be generated to accomplish this goal.

Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges 

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.