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Happenings on the Refuge

Final Visitor Services Package including a Hunt and Fish Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as released a final Visitor Services Package that include a Hunt and Fish Plan for Florida Panther NWR in Florida.

View the detailed information here . . .

Veterans Training and Hurricane Restoration Combine with Team Rubicon at FPNWR

After dodging any impacts from Hurricane Dorian, veteran volunteers and their instructors spent Labor Day weekend 2019 conducting the mutually beneficial work of demolishing a pole barn damaged by Hurricane Irma and earning heavy equipment certification that will have them continuing to provide international disaster response and recovery support!

Full Article by Ben Nottingham, Refuge Manager

Welcoming Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers


Years of habitat management, collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and funding by Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge have culminated into translocation of the first red-cockaded woodpeckers on Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Read the full article by clicking the link below!

Welcoming Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers to FPNWR

Final Report, South Florida Deer Research Project

Deer 3 Persistent

Florida Panther NWR was proud to serve as a research site for the South Florida Deer Study, which culminated its fieldwork in January 2019! Made possible through partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Georgia, this is one of the largest Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus seminolus) studies ever conducted in the state. In addition to the Project's leading partners, researchers and managers from multiple organizations are involved along with Big Cypress National Preserve also having hosted as a research site. Since beginning in 2014, this collaborative study has tracked 263 adult deer with GPS collars, mapped 733,774 locations of deer, deployed 180 trail cameras, cataloged 453,896 images, and the team has given over 50 presentations locally to internationally! The Project's final report is anticipated this summer. The main goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of deer ecology in the unique South Florida environment, including how water levels, habitat variation, predation, and hunting impact deer population dynamics.

Learn More, Find Quarterly and Final Reports
2020-2021 Waterfowl Hunting at Ten Thousand Islands NWR

Waterfowl Hunting at TTINWR


The 21-22 waterfowl hunting season begins Sept. 18 in accordance with State of Florida. Hunters, review the regulations and get your permit online now! Every member of your hunting party must have a signed permit on their person while hunting the TTINWR marshes.

TTINWR Waterfowl 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.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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