The rare Florida panther, iconic bald eagle, and Florida black bear are just a few of the native species we are blessed to have in our state. As with all species, they require habitat and science-based management to ensure they remain in our landscape for ourselves and future generations.
The Florida Wildlife Federation seeks to address ongoing issues such as sprawling development and pollution by advocacy at the state and federal levels and by litigation if necessary. As the only subtropical state in the continental US, we also face an invasion of non-native plants and animals that are not limited by cold weather. The expansion and connection of existing conservation lands and the safe movement of wildlife across roads is critical to ensure our wildlife has a home and that residents and visitors can enjoy the real Florida. Specific wildlife programs include: panther protection by land conservation and road crossings in Southwest Florida; advocacy for the statewide Florida Forever program and private land conservation by perpetual easements; and expansion of protected marine aquatic areas to serve as fish nurseries.