10:30 am – Wekiva Bears
Movement and behavior of Florida black bears adjacent to urban areas in the upper Wekiva River Basin: A Pilot Study
Presented by Daniel J. Smith, Ph.D., A.I.C.P.
Dr. Smith, a Research Associate & Wildlife Biologist at the University of Central Florida, will share rare photographs and videos as well as insights on bear activity in the wildland-urban interface. The presentation will include data from a recent 2 yr research project examining habitat use, movement and behavior of bears in the upper Wekiva River Basin.
11:30 am – 11:30 am – Florida Wildlife Corridor - “The Forgotten Coast”
1:30 pm – FWC Bear Biology
Cadwell Park Building
9:30 am – Living With Alligators Presentation
10:30 am –An Insider’s Tips for Recreating in Ocala National Forest: get the most out of hiking, 4-wheeling, hunting, boating, fishing, and outdoor fun for kids – USFS Biologists, Recreation Specialist and Staff
Ocala National Forest staff will help visitors learn: tricks for navigating and marking your favorite places with your smart device; tips for better hunting and fishing; new experiences offered at different trails and campgrounds; exploring wilderness areas safely by foot or boat; making the outdoors fun, educational, and safe for kids of all ages; what to do when you see suspicious people or activities; and we will provide answers to any questions from the public. Bring your smart device for expert help during the presentation or at the US Forest Service booth. For more information about the Ocala National Forest visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/ocala
12:30 pm – Central Florida Zoo
1:30 pm – DOW Panthers
With only an estimated 100 -180 remaining in the wild, Florida panthers are one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Over the last 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has worked closely with FWC, as well as other Federal agencies and private partners to make significant progress toward Florida panther recovery. However, the growth of the panther population in recent years has come with challenges: due to the resulting geographic expansion of the population, the number of panther deaths on roadways has increased significantly and we've seen as a rise in loss of hobby livestock and pets as well, as panthers adapt their feeding habits to living on suburban fringes. Lisa Östberg of Defenders of Wildlife will share information about the current state of the panther population and Defenders' efforts to foster the peaceful coexistence of panthers, livestock, pets and people in the ever-changing landscape of Florida.
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