Upland Pine, Blackwater River State Forest. Photo by Gary Knight

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Update from the Field: Gearing Up for Another Busy Fall Field Season!

FNAI staff are in the field year-round, but fall and spring are especially busy times.  That looks to be especially true this year, with FNAI biologists working in at least 27 different sites across 24 counties over the next few months!

This fall's fieldwork includes ecological sampling to inform land management, natural community mapping to reflect restoration efforts, rare plant surveys and monitoring, invasive plants surveys, and surveys for reptiles and amphibians.  

Our partners for these projects include the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and The Nature Conservancy, among others.

FNAI has recently hired three skilled field biologists to support these efforts.  Data from these projects informs the efforts of conservation land managers around the state, and helps build our Element Occurrence database of rare plants, animals, and natural communities.

When it comes to science to inform conservation, FNAI has the state of Florida covered!