Log Fox squirrel sightings for FWC survey
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is teaming with the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation to conduct a Florida fox squirrel survey. The FWC is asking those who spot fox squirrels to record the sighting at: https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/foxsquirrel/GetLatLong.aspx. Fox squirrels often have distinctive, masked faces with a black head and white nose and ears, but there are wide variations in coloration, from tan to gray or black. The Sherman's fox squirrel is found in the pine forests of central and northeast Florida. The Big Cypress fox squirrel is a state-threatened species in southwest Florida. The Southeastern fox squirrel lives in the Panhandle. All of Florida's fox squirrels are protected from hunting. The survey runs through at least January 2012.
Kids' art contest puts eye on bay
Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring Tampa Bay, is holding a holiday art contest for kids in kindergarten to eighth grade. The theme is "Holidays in the Tampa Bay Habitat," with art focusing on the bay's estuaries, shorelines, watershed and creatures that live in those places. The best artwork will be featured in Tampa Bay Watch's annual Christmas card. Art should be on letter-size paper, one side only. It will be judged by a panel of Tampa Bay Watch staff and community partners. For information, go to tampabaywatch.org.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer
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