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 sustainability or survival of Florida’s wildlife populations.


Robin Boughton,
Section Administrator


Annual Budget: $11,852,020
Staff: 139

Highlights on Current Research

  • Florida Scrub-Jay Translocations

    This project, led by FWRI’s Wildlife Research program, works to develop effective techniques for translocation of Florida scrub-jays. This study is the necessary first step towards developing an ongoing and sustainable translocation program for the species.

  • Producing a More Effective Management Strategy for WNS-Susceptible Bats in Florida

    This study was initiated by FWRI’s Wildlife Research group to survey and monitor Florida’s bat populations for any sign of white-nose syndrome, which is usually fatal for affected bats.