FWRI Monthly Highlights from December 2017
Greetings from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute!
We hope you enjoy these monthly research highlights, including new videos on our YouTube channel, photo albums on our Flickr account, and updates to MyFWC.com/Research. We invite you to keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
New Litter of Panther Kittens
A new litter of Florida panther kittens north of the Caloosahatchee River was documented on Nov. 22, when a female panther appeared on a trail camera with two, approximately 4-month-old kittens on the Babcock Ranch Preserve in southwest Florida.
This is only the second litter of panther kittens documented north of the River, which until 2016 seemed to be a barrier to expansion of the population. Panther kittens face an uphill battle when it comes to reaching their first birthday, with a survival rate of only 32%.
This latest discovery offers renewed hope for the natural range expansion of panthers that is critical to their long-term recovery
For more information on the Florida panther: http://myfwc.com/panther
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Watch: New FWC Research YouTube Videos
Scientists in the Sky
FWRI scientists collect data on boater activity and distribution in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to better understand use patterns throughout the Sanctuary.
Juvenile Gulf Sturgeon Program
A study on juvenile Gulf Sturgeon in the Yellow River to understand the habitat use and abundance patterns of these rare fish.
Updates to MyFWC.com/Research
- Red Tide Current Status
- Internship Opportunities
- Stone Crab Catch Data
- 2017 Status and Trends Report
- 2016-2017 Save the Manatee Annual Trust Fund Report
- Bay Scallop Restoration
- 2017 Manatee Mortalities
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