Coral reefs are central to the health and diversity of our oceans. Although coral reefs represent only one percent of ocean habitats, they serve as home, protection, and spawning grounds for a fourth of all marine life.
Corals, when stressed, also become susceptible to disease. A previously unknown coral disease appeared in the upper Keys in 2014 and has since spread south, appearing in the lower Keys for the first time in April 2018 – more bad news for a reef that has lost half of its coral over the last two centuries.
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation is committed to long-term restoration of Florida’s reefs. They work with FWC, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA, and others to combat coral disease, establish long-term monitoring of reef restoration efforts, and identify breakthrough strategies that will substantially reduce lionfish numbers throughout Florida waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. Allowing a species to go extinct is like burning a book without reading it. Once gone, a plant or animal is gone forever.
From panthers to Panhandle lilies, Florida is home to a stunning array of native animals and plants. You can help us provide them with lasting protection. “Biological diversity” describes the full array of plants, animals and natural communities (habitats) that make up life on Earth. There are myriad reasons why protecting species and habitats is critical to human welfare, from ensuring survival of watersheds that provide clean drinking water to maintaining healthy fisheries. Compounds found in plants and animals have hundreds of practical uses in agriculture, chemistry and medicine.
Allowing a species to go extinct is like burning a book without reading it.
Once gone, a plant or animal is gone forever.
Supporting youth is one of their most heartfelt initiatives. Florida’s young people deserve easy access to Nature and the delight of embarking on outdoor adventures, alone or with family and friends, regardless of family income or situation.
That world is slipping away. The average child’s physical world is only half as large as it was 15 years ago. In a typical week, only six percent of 9 to 13-year-olds play outside on their own, and the average youth spends 53 hours per week indoors using electronic media. Yet 90 percent of children and teens say if a friend got interested in fishing, camping or other outdoor activities, they would too.
They are working to reverse this trend. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation are Florida’s largest private funder of youth outdoor education and work closely with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, a consortium of 300+ private and public partners providing formative outdoor experiences annually to more than 200,000 Florida children and teens. The Foundation and donors provide the summer camp scholarships, school field trip funds, outdoor gear and educational materials needed to raise a new generation that learns from and loves the outdoors.
Help Keep Florida Wild
It’s hard to imagine that a state with more than 20 million residents and 100 million annual visitors is as beautiful and abundant as Florida. It’s a testament to the many far-seeing conservationist of decades past, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas to J. N. “Ding” Darling.
Our natural beauty and diversity is also due to the thousands of conservationists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and many other public and private agencies and organizations who work tirelessly to conserve our wildlife and teach every new generation to know and love it.
It’s also due to you, and many people like you, who equally value the beauty, solitude and importance of Florida’s native landscapes and plants and animals.
Please make a tax-deductible donation today to the fund of your choice or call us Foundation CEO Andrew Walker at 941.809.7805 to discuss other species or programs in which you’re interested in supporting. You can donate online below, call us at 850-922-1066 with credit card information or send your check to
Mr. Will Bradford
Chief Financial Officer
Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida
P. O. Box 11010
Tallahassee, Florida 32302.
If we don’t have the program you’re looking for, we’ll help connect you to the right organization and people.
Thank You for Supporting Nature in Florida!
There are many ways to support the work of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. If you have questions about these or other options for becoming a financial contributor to conservation via the Foundation, please contact Foundation CEO Andrew Walker at 941 809-7805; firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are kept confidential.