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  • Refuge Open House 2019

    Refuge Open House is March 16th

    Educational, fun, free activities offered 10a-2p on Saturday March 16th, 2019! Registration required, link available beginning March 1st.

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    Friends Panther Social

    This year the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge are excited to host their annual meeting at FPNWR Fire Operations Center!

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    The Florida Panther

    The Florida panther is an endangered subspecies of Puma concolor, and is the only breeding population east of the Mississippi river.

    Florida Panther

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    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.

    Prescribed Burning

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    Report Python Sightings

    If you have a live animal in front of you right now, call 1-888-Ive-Got-1

    Report Invasive Animals with EDDMAPS

Happenings on the Refuge

Open House 2019 and the Panther Social!

March 16, 2019 Open House 2019

On Saturday March 16th 2019, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge proudly presents the annual Refuge Open House from 10am-2pm! This year's guided hikes, swamp buggy tours, and interpretive activities will take place across the Refuge at our hiking trails, fire operations center, and conservation club locations for quality experiences surrounded by the Refuge's natural beauty. Orchid wet walks, archery lessons, plant pressing, fire management, poetry hike and more! Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for the schedule of events and registration which will be available beginning March 1st. And don't miss this year's special event happening 3-6pm the same day- the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge's first annual Panther Social! Join our Friends at the fire operations center for an evening of BBQ and keynote presentations about the future of the Friends and Refuge! Tickets are $15 with all proceeds directly supporting the Friends panther conservation and Refuge support activities. Check back soon to buy your ticket!

South Florida Deer Research Project

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Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is proud to serve as a research site for one of the largest Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus seminolus) studies ever conducted in the state! The South Florida Deer Research Project is made possible through partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Georgia. In addition to the Project's leading partners, researchers and managers from multiple organizations are involved along with Big Cypress National Preserve also hosting as a research site. This long term and large scale study aims to gain a better understanding of our deer ecology, including how habitat, hydrology, predation, and hunting impact deer population dynamics.

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2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR

Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR

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This 2018-2019 season, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge continues to provide the Hunting Regulations and Permit online. Click the link below to go straight to the permit and print one out for yourself!

Hunting Regulations and Permit

About the Complex

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

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