Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Babcock/Webb Wildlife Area Event Saturday

PUNTA GORDA, FL. -- For families and others looking for outdoor opportunities this weekend, the state’s original wildlife management area has ample offerings. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a free public event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda, Florida 33955. 

The event will honor the 75th anniversary of Babcock-Webb’s creation, which launched the state’s vast WMA system.

Attendees can take a hayride with a biologist, cast a line at a kids’ fishing clinic, participate in archery and shooting sports activities, develop kayaking skills and learn about conservation at various hands-on exhibits. There will also be exciting displays, including an FWC law enforcement K-9 demonstration. Food trucks will be on-site as well.

The WMA system is one of Florida’s greatest natural treasures. Babcock-Webb was established in late 1941 in Charlotte and Lee counties. By the 1960s, there were 28 WMAs. Today the FWC is the lead manager or landowner of over 1.4 million acres, and works in partnership with other public and private landowners on another 4.5 million acres. These healthy habitats are essential to Florida wildlife – both common and imperiled species. The FWC uses its scientific expertise and a comprehensive ecological approach to manage a variety of wildlife while encouraging public access to these wild lands.

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