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Gopher Tortoise Survey Tuesday November 7th, Oakleaf Planatation, Clay County
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FWC are looking for volunteers to assist with a gopher tortoise survey in Oakleaf Plantation, Clay county on Monday November 6th and Tuesday November 7th. Additional details below.

When: Tuesday No 7th
Where: Oakleaf Plantation
Oakleaf Plantation, Florida  32065
United States
Contact: Brendan OConnor

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FWC are looking for volunteers to assist in a survey for gopher tortoise burrows at a property in Oakleaf Plantation that is soon to be developed. We are working with various partners and the developer to relocate gopher tortoise to a suitable relocation before construction commences.  100% of the site needs to be surveyed which will be followed by excavations of all identified burrows. An Incidental Take Permit exists for this property.

All training will be provided onsite but there is an E Learning presentation and quiz available here. It is highly recommended that you avail of this training if you have not already done so. The E learning material addresses the life history of gopher tortoise,  how to identify burrows and information on the importance of this keystone species. Create an account to enter the E-Learning site and find the course titled "FWC Volunteer Training - Gopher Tortoise Program". The course will prompt you to enter a password, which for this course is gopher1*. Once inside the course you will see three sections: the presentation at the top, the quiz, and the certificate.


What you need to bring with you?

We recommend that you wear closed toed shoes and long pants as the vegetation can be thick and thorny . Please bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle. We will have a cooler of ice-water onsite.  We also recommend you bring a snack or lunch.

How to register?

You can register for this event using the FWC Calendar or by emailing Brendan O'Connor (


Where to meet?

We will be meeting onsite at 9AM on Monday and 8AM Tuesday morning. Because this is a private property with limited vehicle access we will meet at a nearby Publix at 1075 Oakleaf Plantation Parkway, Orange Park, Fl, 32065.

  • 9AM - 2 PM Monday November 6th
  • 8AM - 1PM Tuesday November 7th

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brendan O'Connor at