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.

Section Contacts

Robin Boughton,
Section Administrator


    Annual Budget
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    Highlights on Current Research

    Assessing Mink Population and Habitat Requirements in Florida

    Researchers are in the middle of a multi-year study to learn more about the range, population, and life history of Florida's four subspecies of mink.   Read More >

    Harvest Rate Estimation of Wild Turkey in Central Florida

    During a four-year study, researchers hope to better understand the relationship between the harvest rate of wild turkey during Florida’s spring gun season and harvest regulations, hunting pressure and wild turkey population density.   Read More >

    Uncharted Terrapin Territory

    To learn more about the little-known diamondback terrapin population, FWC researchers are working with partners to gather data for a biological status assessment of the species statewide.   Read More >

    Sample of Active Projects

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    Alligator Research

    Each year, FWC biologists survey and monitor alligator populations in approximately 130 Alligator Management Units (AMUs) in Florida. By looking at trends statewide, the FWC can better manage and conserve the alligator population and identify critical alligator wetland habitat, long-term population changes or habitat losses.

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    Florida Bay Turtles

    FWRI sea turtle researchers have been studying loggerhead sea turtles in Florida Bay since 1990. During this time staff have captured 1,215 turtles. Researchers have also tracked movements of loggerheads using satellite telemetry, documenting detailed movements that reveal habitat-use and reproductive behavior.


    Headstarting Salamanders

    To help conserve the federally-threatened frosted flatwoods salamander, FWC biologists experimentally head started frosted flatwoods salamanders in the Apalachicola National Forest in northwest Florida. During the winter, a team collected small clusters of salamander eggs by meticulously searching vegetation around pond edges and in dry pond basins in early winter.