No Roads to Ruin
We have joined the No Roads to Ruin Coalition to oppose the M-CORES proposal of three new toll roads that would be built in the heartland of panther country. These roads would cut off important wildlife corridors used by panthers, bears, bobcats, deer, and other wildlife to move safely throughout the state. They are unnecessary and would benefit only a select few.
Moreover, these roads would be a disaster for the Florida panther - vehicle collisions are the #1 human cause of death for panthers.
Take a stand and e-mail the Florida Department of Transportation at FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us to let them know you oppose the Roads to Ruin and the negative impacts they will have on Florida wildlife.
Friends volunteers have dedicated nearly 1,100 hours of service to projects on the Refuges. These projects range from trail maintenance, beach clean-ups, planting native plants in the pollinator garden, picking up trash, and helping with outreach events.
We have a dedicated volunteer day once a month that we try to schedule on different days of the week to accommodate busy schedules. We also coordinate additional days of service depending on the needs of the Refuges and any special events.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, e-mail our Volunteer Chair, Beth Courtright, at email@example.com
We wouldn't be able to accomplish what we have without the support of so many wonderful, dedicated donors.
Providing the tree inserts for the translocation of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers to the Refuge is an example of the projects we support on the Refuges. Successful nestlings, like the ones pictured to the left, are the direct result of your donations!
Your donation can be a one-time gift, or you can become a member by committing to an annual donation and attend special member-only events. Your gift helps us fight for the Florida panther and all the other wildlife that fall under its protection.
Join the Board
Are you interested in being even more involved in our work? Join the board! You can also join any board committee without being a board member, as long as you are a current Friends member and up-to-date on your dues.
We have two board positions available:
Member positions are available on the following committees:
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep panther prey away - By feeding deer and other wildlife, people inadvertently may attract panthers. Do not leave potential wildlife food outside, such as unsecured garbage or pet food. Fence in vegetable gardens, and bring in bird feeders at night.
Keep pets safe - Free-roaming pets or tethered and unfenced pets are easy prey for panthers. Bring pets inside or keep them in a secure and covered kennel at night. Do not leave pet food outside.
Keep domestic livestock secure - Place chickens, goats, sheep, hogs, and other livestock in secure enclosed structures at night. Our friend Frack (pictured) is much safer a night in his new enclosure.
If you are interested in purchasing an enclosure for your beloved animals, our partners at Defenders of Wildlife can help with construction, trained volunteers, and even financial assistance for eligible participants.
See www.defenders.org/panther-resistant-enclosure for details and an application!
The leading human cause of death for Florida panthers is collisions with vehicles. In 2019, 23 of the known panther deaths were due to vehicle strikes.
Panther activity is greatest between dusk and dawn when visibility is lowest.
We urge you to drive the posted nighttime speed limit of 45 mph in panther crossing zones. These are areas where fencing isn't available to help keep panthers off the roads. Driving the posted speed limit is good for panthers and you - the average speeding ticket in nighttime panther zones is $200!
Learn more and take the pledge to Drive 45 at www.panthercrossing.org
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