Florida's Wildlife: On the Frontline of Climate Change

October 1-3, 2008   •  Rosen PLAZA, Orlando

Goal Statement

Florida's wildlife will face unprecedented consequences associated with climate change. With this forecast, presenters and workshop participants will identify key research needs, improve awareness of impacts on wildlife, and develop ideas to optimize species conservation for integration into Florida Fish and Wildlife's comprehensive climate change strategy.


  • Fish and wildlife leaders, managers, biologists, researchers, and academia, who have an interest in developing policy or are involved in planning for sustainable wildlife populations in Florida.
  • Non-governmental organizations, land managers, state, regional, county, and local governments.
  • Game and non-game wildlife organizations and enthusiasts
  • Federal (Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, Department of Defense, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, Army Corp of Engineers) and tribal leaders in Florida
  • Media and educational personnel

Go Zero Program

Using The Conservation Fund's (TCF) Go Zero Program, the Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University offset travel and energy use associated with the Summit by planting 14 trees at Red River National Wildlife Refuge. These trees will trap approximately 16.5 tons of CO2 over their lifetime. In addition to cleaning our air, the new forests at Red River will filter the water we drink, restore sensitive wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation areas for current and future generations.

For more information on the restoration site,
Red River National Wildlife Refuge:

Program Committee

David Anderson Audubon of Florida
Len Berry Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
Bill Bird Coastal Conservation Association
Chuck Collins (chair) Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Sheri Coven Department of Community Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs
Doreen DiCarlo (coordinator)Center for Environmental Studies at FAU
Kellyn Eberhardt, Environmental Defense, Florida Climate Project
Laura Hartt National Wildlife Federation
Jerry Karnas Environmental Defense, Florida Climate Project
Jay Liles Florida Wildlife Federation
TJ Marshall Florida Coastal & Ocean Coalition
Doug Parsons FWC, Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative
Anne Morkill US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) , Nat'l Key Deer Refuge
Charles Pattison 1000 Friends of Florida
Leonard Pearlstine Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks
Winifred Perkins Florida Power and Light
Barbara J. Powell Everglades Coordinating Council
Perran Ross (facilitator) FWC & University of Florida (UF) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Jim Seph UF, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences
Doug Shaw The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Science
Kelley Smith Department of Environmental Protection, Strategic Projects and Planning
Margo Stahl FWS, Hobe Sound Nat'l Wildlife Refuge