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Gopher Tortoise Survey at Bullfrog Creek - Sun City Center Friday Jan 13th 2017
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Gopher Tortoise Survey at Bullfrog Creek - Sun City Center Friday Jan 13th 2017

Gopher Tortoise Surveys at Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park - we will be undertaking line transects to identify and mark the location of gopher tortoise burrows on Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park prior to land management activities. These land management activities are necessary to improve the vegetation diversity ensuring improved habitat for the gopher tortoise and its various commensal species such as the gopher frog, various snakes, gopher cricket and the Florida mouse.

When: Friday Jan 13th
Where: Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park
14501 U.S. 301
Wimauma, Florida  33598
United States
Contact: Brendan OConnor

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FWC are looking for volunteers to assist in a gopher tortoise survey at Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park from 9AM - 1PM:

  • Friday January 6th;
  • Saturday January 7th
  • Friday January 13th
  • Saturday January 14th
  • Wednesday January 18th
  • Thursday January 19th.

All training will be provided onsite.


What will we be doing?

We will be surveying a large parcel of land on Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park (~130 acres) identifying and marking gopher tortoise burrows with flagging tape and GPS units.  We will be using line-transects to survey the entire property. To improve the habitat FWC will be undertaking roller chopping and we need to identify the location of the burrows to ensure they are protected during this land improvement activity.  

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.  

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 at Bullfrog Creek Mitigation Park, located at 14501 US 301, Wimauma. The site entrance is a little obscure but it located adjacent to a Florida Forestry Service field office.