Wildlife Research

From the tiny beach mouse to the not so tiny right whale, Florida is home to a wide array of wildlife species. Biologists with the Wildlife Research section monitor the status of Florida’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. This includes species important to hunters such as deer, alligator and waterfowl, and imperiled species such as the Florida panther and the Florida manatee. Wildlife managers rely on the information this research provides to develop conservation and restoration plans that ensure the long-term persistence of Florida’s wildlife populations.

Current Articles
Documentation of a Neuromuscular Disorder in Florida Panthers

Archived Articles
July 2019
Florida Scrub Lizard Reintroduction in Palm Beach County

April 2019
Surveying with Autonomous Acoustic Recording Devices

January 2019
Sea Turtles and Red Tide

October 2018
Monitoring Suburban Florida Sandhill Cranes
Diamondback Terrapin Status Assessment 
Light Pollution and Sea Turtle Hatchling Orientation
Gopher Frog Monitoring Project

July 2018
Wrapping Up the Statewide Reddish Egret Survey
Florida Bonneted Bat Roost Selection: Implications for Conservation

April 2018
Assessing Mercury Concentrations in Alligator Populations
Songbirds in the Salt Marsh: Living on the Edge
Long Distance Movements by Female Bears

January 2018
Update on Panther Reproduction North of the
Caloosahatchee River
Working to Conserve Florida’s Endemic and Imperiled
Grasshopper Sparrow
Investigating Loggerhead Sea Turtles and Where They Go When Not Nesting in Florida

October 2017
Sea Turtle Tagging
Florida Scrub-Jay Translocation Research
Floods, Fires, and Hurricanes
A Pilot Study to Assess Translocation of Gopher Frogs as a Conservation Tool

 July 2017
Searching for Shrews

Restoring Florida’s Shorebird and Seabird Populations

 April 2017
Assessing Florida Mottled Duck/Mallard Genetic Introgression
Panther Kittens North of Caloosahatchee River

January 2017
Seaside Sparrow Genetics Research
Assessing Cave Bat Populations and Monitoring for White-Nose Syndrome

October 2016

 Cedar Key Oystercatcher Habitat Restoration
Bear Demographics and Doughnuts

July 2016
Monitoring Reproductive Characteristics of Male Florida Panthers to Assess Genetic Introgression
Update on Cranes

April 2016
The South Florida Deer Research Project
Wild Turkey Research

January 2016
Monitoring Manatees in the Winter
Salt Marsh Mink Research
Statewide Survey of Nesting Reddish Egrets

September 2015
Freeze-frame – estimating Florida panther population density via trail camera photographs
Monitoring Scrub Jay Populations