FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE: Python Challenge Event Starts Saturday
By Space Coast Daily // January 16, 2016
join fwc in the Burmese Python Removal
ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is teaming up with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida to bring back the Python Challenge™ in January 2016, along with a Burmese Python Removal Competition that runs from January 16 through February 14 in south Florida.
The Florida Everglades is an extraordinary ecosystem, unlike any other in the world.
It is home to a variety of rare and unique wildlife including native birds, mammals, fish and reptiles.
However, some reptiles do not belong there and pose a threat to native wildlife.
To address this, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is teaming up with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida to bring back the Python Challenge™ in January 2016, along with a Burmese Python Removal Competition that runs from January 16 through February 14 in south Florida.
This exciting conservation effort will help protect the rare Everglades ecosystem and the animals that live there from these invasive, nonnative snakes.
In the early winter of 2013, nearly 1,600 participants in the first Python Challenge™ trekked through more than a million acres of swamps and sawgrass in search of the well-camouflaged Burmese python.
With the 2016 Python Challenge™, you too can join us in the Burmese Python Removal Competition this January and February in participating areas around south Florida.
And for those not registered for the python removal competition, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved.
Learn more about our upcoming family-friendly events, enter one of our online contests, attend a Python Challenge™ in-person training (you don’t have to be a registered participant to attend), check out the official gear, or even become a sponsor.
By getting involved with the 2016 Python Challenge™, you are helping to conserve the Florida Everglades and the native wildlife that call this national treasure home.