Florida Panther Symposium

Thank you for your interest in the Florida Panther Symposium.

The Florida Panther Symposium was hosted by the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law Conservation Clinic and GreenLaw on March 21, 2014, at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. It was sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club Florida.

The overarching goal of the symposium was to help recover Florida panthers; its specific objective was to convene key stakeholders to identify opportunities and obstacles for protecting and expanding the Florida panther’s range. This objective includes preserving the functionality and spatial extent of the panther’s existing habitat, while also initiating the reintroduction of these endangered cats farther north and bolstering Florida's wildlife corridor to provide better connectivity among particular areas of existing habitat.

Access the symposium presentations, the Florida Panther Stakeholder Workshop report, photos of the symposium, and photos from the field trip to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.




Please contact the Center for Biological Diversity’s Jaclyn Lopez at (727) 490-9190 or jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org with any questions.


8 a.m. Check-in, Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcome: Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity; Alexis Meyer, Sierra Club Florida; and Larry Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
8:45 a.m.

Session 1: State of the Florida Panther and Its Habitat

10:05 a.m. Break with Light Refreshments
10:20 a.m.

Session 2: Habitat Protection and Expansion

11:50 a.m. Lunch and Keynote: Joe Guthrie, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
12:50 p.m. Adjourn


Please also join us for two special, related events: a screening of “Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee” and a field trip to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

• Join us Friday, March 21, 2014, from 8-10 p.m. at University of Florida Levin College of Law in Room 285B for light refreshments and a film screening of “The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee.”
Check out the film screening flier.

• Then join us Saturday, March 22 for a field trip to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, one possible Florida panther reintroduction site. We'll meet at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s parking lot at 7 a.m. to carpool to Okefenokee, which is one hour and 45 minutes north of the university.
We'll enjoy a presentation at the visitor center, take a 1.5-hour boat tour of the refuge, have lunch at the visitor center, and take a walk on a 1.5-mile (round trip) boardwalk. We'll be joined by refuge biologist Sara Aicher. Please bring $10 cash or check to cover a portion of the cost of the field trip (the Center and Sierra Club will cover the balance).


Sponsored by University of Florida’s Levin College of Law Conservation Clinic and GreenLaw, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club Florida

Food sponsorship provided by Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, Kangaroo and Bagels Unlimited.

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Florida panther photo by Ethan Oringel/Flickr


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