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Prescribed Fire for Wildlife


Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy

Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Tall Timbers is pleased to once again host “PRESCRIBED FIRE FOR WILDLIFE” on October 25-28, 2016.  This training session is designed for land managers and wildlife stewards.  This session will focus on wildlife habitat management opportunities associated with prescribed fire in Florida.  Additional co-sponsors include the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tall Timbers is located in the heart of the Red Hills between Tallahassee, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia.  The training session will be held at the E. V. Komarek Science Education Center, 3093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312.  This training combines classroom lectures, panel discussions, and field exercises covering a variety of wildlife and habitats.  It includes sections addressing how ignition plans can be developed and implemented to meet specific wildlife objectives while minimizing risk.

Tall Timbers was originally a hunting plantation owned by Henry L. Beadel. In his will, Beadel left his land and resources to create “a fire type nature preserve … to conduct research on the effects of fire on quail, turkey and other wildlife, as well as on vegetation of value as cover and food for wildlife, and experiments on burning for said objectives.” The land surrounding the lecture hall includes the "Stoddard Fire Plots" and   provides an ideal 'outdoor classroom' for field exercises examining how prescribed fire can benefit wildlife.  For more information on Tall Timbers, please visit Tall Timbers Research Station | Stewards of Wildlife & Wildlands

The Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society is handling registration and since class size is limited early registration is encouraged.   Registration is $175.00 and the deadline is October 11, 2016.  Late registration may be allowed if slots are still available at a cost of $200.00.   Preferred registration: online here  (state or federal pcards accepted) or mail the attached form to the listed address.

Not a member of the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society?  Find out how you can do even more for Florida's Wildlife.  Visit our website and join with a free membership for the first year. 


We have reserved a block of rooms as the Wildlife Group at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 1880 Raymond Diehl Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308.  The Residence Inn (North) is located near the Intersection of I-10 (Exit#203) and Thomasville Road (US 319).  The rate for these rooms is $105.00 per night plus tax but reservations must be made by October 11th.  Tax exempt status should be documented at Check-in.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly 850.422.0093 or by visiting our wildlife group reservation link   


For those looking for alternate lodging there are numerous hotels along I-10 and in the Tallahassee area.  Alternative dormitory style lodging may also be available for those with limited travel budgets.


For additional information about this class please contact: Jim Schortemeyer




Download a registration form  or register online here



TUESDAY October 25

12:00-13:00   Check in and Orientation

13:00-13:15   Introduction

13:15-13:45   Tall Timbers Research Station: The Legacy Continues

13:45-14:15   Fire Effects on Hardwood Stem Kill

14:15-14:45   "Fire Birds", Beyond Bob White Quail 

14:45-17:30   Field Exercise and Orientation Tall Timbers and the Red Hills

17:30-19:00Welcome to Tall Timbers


WEDNESDAY October 26

08:00-08:30   Prescribed Fire and Habitat Management Principles

08:30-09:30   Ecological Functions and the Fire Environment

09:30-10:00   Planning and Implementation; Keys to Success

10:00-10:45   Using Prescribed Fire for Restoration and Management of Bobwhite Quail

10:45-11:15FWC Programs Supporting Rx Fire

11:15-12:00   Prescribed Fire for Reptiles and Amphibians


13:00-13:45   Prescribed Fire Considerations for Panther And Bear

13:45-14:30   Prescribed Fire Recommendations for Turkey

14:30-15:00   Scrub Jay Management on Merritt Island NWR  

15:00-16:00   Panel Discussion: Integrating Research and Management and Student Topics  

16:00-17:30+ Field Exercise: Incorporating Wildlife Benefits in Rx Fire Programs


THURSDAY October 27

08:00-08:30   Deer Management and Rx Fire

08:30-09:15   Prescribed Fire for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles

09:15-10:00   Fire in Wetlands

10:00-10:30   Fire Management on the Babcock\Webb WMA              

10:30-11:00   Fire on Private Lands; Challenges and Opportunities

11:00-11:30   Ecosystem Restoration on Eglin AFB.  The role of fire and mechanical treatments

11:30-12:00   Integrating Prescribed Fire & Mechanical Treatments, North Florida


13:00-13:30   Specific Techniques for Scrub Habitat and Wildlife

13:30-14:00   Adaptive Management for Royal Tern Nesting Habitat

14:00-15:30   Panel Discussion:  Evaluating Prescribed Fires & Wildlife Responses

15:30-18:00+ Field Exercise: (Continued)


FRIDAY October 28

08:00-08:30   People and Wildlife: Managing Cattle, and Caracaras

08:30-10:00   Panel Discussion:  Topics Submitted by Participants

10:00-11:00   Student Presentations on Field Exercise

11:00-12:00   Final Exam


Earlier Event: October 4
Florida Sedge Identification Workshop
Later Event: November 29
Fire & Longleaf F201