Everglades Coordinating Council Hosts Researchers from the South Florida Deer Study

On June 1st, researchers from the South Florida Deer Study were hosted by the Everglades Coordinating Council in Davie, Florida, to give a white-tailed deer research seminar. Nearly 200 hunters, sportsmen, and other interested local parties attended the seminar to learn more about UGA’s on-going research in southwest Florida and to speak with the students and scientists involved.  FWC biologist Elina Garrison started off the night by presenting recent research about white-tail breeding chronology in Florida, followed by presentations from three UGA Deer Lab graduate students. Kristin Engebretsen introduced her project to estimate fawn survival and recruitment through modeling camera trap data. Daniel Crawford presented both camera trap data and GPS collar data showing spatiotemporal anti-predator behaviors in south Florida deer. Brian Kelly discussed survival estimates and cause-specific mortality of adult deer over the past 18 months. Dr. Mike Cherry concluded the seminar by discussing the effects of fire and water on this unique ecosystem and giving a research project update. This event allowed UGA and FWC scientists to successfully connect with the ECC attendees and local stakeholders and to share updated project information with those interested in this comprehensive field study. Following the meeting, Drs. Cherry and Miller met with FWC personnel to discuss future plans for the South Florida Deer Study.