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FWC's non-native team are looking for volunteer assistance with monitoring the nonnative tegu lizard in the Riverview area, southeast of Tampa. This training session on March 23rd will provide information on the biology of the tegu, use of live traps and a site visit.

When: Friday March 23rd
Where: University of Florida - Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 CR 672,
Wimauma, Florida  33598
United States
Contact: Brendan OConnor

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What you'll be doing?

Discover your innate sleuthing skills with this exciting opportunity to assist FWC’s non-native team in monitoring for the invasive tegu lizard.  This project involves many aspects including inspecting for tegu tracks, setting and baiting live traps, and use of GPS units.  Sign up quick for this great opportunity because there are only limited spots available per day.


We will be offering a training session for volunteers on Friday March 23rd from 10AM-12:30PM. During the training session we will provide an overview on the biology of the tegu, a history of the species invasion, demonstrate the use of live traps and visit a project site to deploy the traps. Please confirm your attendance through the FWC Calendar.

Onsite monitoring

We plan to start onsite activities beginning Thursday March 29th.  The project will initially operate Monday -Friday but we will reassess this based on staff and volunteer availability after the first 3 weeks are completed. We anticipate that it will take volunteers approximately 2-3 hours per day to access the FWC vehicle, drive to the nearby properties, and monitor the traps. We are planning to deploy approximately 20 traps per individual site. Only one property will be monitored at a time and all traps will be positioned in a localized array.

FWC staff are available on specific dates to provide opportunities for you to become familiar with the project sites, live trapping and the specifics involved in trapping. The signup schedule is available by following Google Docs -Tegu Project Volunteer Schedule

During the first three weeks (select dates between 03/29-04/17) you will have the opportunity to accompany one of our non-native staff until you become familiar with the use of setting live traps and navigating the properties. When comfortable with the specifics of the project, volunteers will then bait and monitor traps throughout the Riverview area on their own. All non-target species will be released onsite.

What to bring with you?

Please bring drinking water.  Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and LONG pants (not shorts), t-shirt (jacket or sweatshirt if necessary), and sun screen.  Long pants are required because some areas have dense vegetation and can be difficult to navigate.

Where to meet?

Please meet FWC staff for a 10AM start at the University of Florida, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 CR672, Wimauma, Fl, 33598. 

Please note:  

This event is only available to volunteers 18 and older due to the difficult field conditions. A valid driver’s license is required and must be provided before your involvement.

Please notify a day in advance if you sign up for this event, and then are no longer able to attend.

You must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants

We fully understand that plans can change . If you are unable to attend the session you've signed up for, please notify us ASAP. There is a legal requirement to inspect traps that have been set at least once in a 24 hour period.