Conserve Wildlife

Proceeds from the “bear” plate benefit a wide variety of species, from black bears and indigo snakes to endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows.

Process & Pricing

The cost of your new license plates is a new plate fee of $72.40, which includes your annual registration fee ($25.00 of this fee will go directly to the Foundation). You do not need to be a resident of Indian River County to submit your order.

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$10,635,942 in conservation efforts


49 species in our state


to 248 projects to conserve Florida’s wildlife

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Remember when you wore your heart not only on your sleeve, but on your rear bumper? And trunk? And rear window? Those days may be over, but...

Your car can still help save the planet.

Just purchase one of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s conservation license plates online below or at your local tax collector’s office. For every plate sold, $25 is donated for conservation.

Each of our plates has a slightly different focus. Choose the one that best meets your passions. It’s not a small thing – we receive more than $1 million each year from these donations, funds that we and our partners use to conserve Florida black bears, wading birds, and many other species. We also use these monies to protect and manage new wildlife lands and waters and provide kids with formative outdoor experiences.

So, the next time you renew or order a plate at your local tax collector’s office, make it one of ours — even if you no longer drive a Beetle.


Proceeds from the “bear” plate benefit a wide variety of species, from black bears and indigo snakes to endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows.

The Foundation distributes CWT funds to FWC in the form of grants. By statute, we can only give Conserve Wildlife tag proceeds to FWC. It is possible for entities outside FWC to receive tag funds, but only as a sub-recipient in projects where FWC is the grantee. A call for proposals is held each January. FWC applicants must have approval from their section leader prior to completing a proposal.


Project Name Grant Amount
Updated Abundance and Genetic Diversity of Black Bears in Florida $35,000
New Trailer-Mounted Bear Traps $72,000
Octocoral Restoration Trials on Nearshore Hardbottom Communities $38,590
Improving Information Accessibility for Florida Residents and Visitors to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail $37,200
Wildlife Warriors: Educating Youth and Families to Conserve Our Lands and Animals $22,408
Determination of Freshwater Mussel Host Use Through Genetic Barcoding of Juvenile Mussels Metamorphosed on Naturally Infested Fishes $25,000
Dragonfly Telemetry: Radiotracking the Imperiled Say’s Spiketail Dragonfly to Inform Conservation in Florida $16,558
Growing Up WILD Guides and Materials $5,500
Expanding Capacity for Southeastern American Kestrel Nest Box Assessment, Inventory, and Management $8,016
A Statewide Survey of Southeastern Pocket Gophers Through Remote Sensing $7,313
Incorporating a Broad Disease Assessment to a Planned Upland Snake Survey at Tall Timbers $15,000
A Novel Methodology for a Novel Virus: Using eRNA to Detect Turtle Fraservirus (TFV-1) $40,000
Cache of Land Management Tools for Private Land Owners $50,000
Utilizing Scout Snakes as a Control Tool for Burmese Pythons Within the Picayune Strand State Forest $120,000
Updating the Florida Unified Reef Map in the Lower Florida Keys, the Marquesas, and the Dry Tortugas $31,452
Genetic Analysis of Hair Samples from the Highlands/Glades Bear Subpopulation $20,000
Creating Ark Sites for Black Creek Crayfish $170,950
Supporting Skyway Fishing Pier Anglers with Entangled Seabird Rescue Information and Equipment That Will Reduce Harm and Injury to Brown Pelicans $20,635
Keystone Wildflowers for Pollinator Habitat Conservation in Longleaf Pine Sandhills: Phase III of the Sandhill Plant-Pollinator Network Project $51,086
Evaluating the Ecological Role of Solution Holes in Changing Florida Keys Hardbottom Habitats $16,576
Incision Recovery Rate of Grey Snapper (Lutjanus griseus) from Internal Acoustic Tag Implantation $8,729
A Drainage-Wide Population Assessment and the Identification of Critical Nesting Habitats of the Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys Suwanniensis) in Florida $60,571
Support for captive breeding of endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows $63,354
Expand Social Media Bear Outreach Efforts $25,000
Investigating potential bacterial reservoirs and environmental conditions contributing to a large multi-year mortality event of state-threatened black skimmer juveniles in Southwest Florida $33,200
Implementation of the Landscape Conservation Strategic Initiative (LCSI) through internal and external engagement $94,500
Crab Trap Bycatch Reduction Device Program $36,175
Movements and Habitat Use by American Crocodiles Found in Urbanized Landscapes $41,614
Demographics of the Black Bear Subpopulation in Southwest Florida $13,000
Monitor Prevalence of Illegal Shooting of Bears $6,310
Monitor Research Bears Over Time $9,750
Investigating the Origins and Potential Cross-Species Transmission of Pathogenic Reptilian Ferlaviruses Between Exotic and Native Wildlife $30,130
Support for captive breeding of endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows $80,725
Assessment of the epidemiology of a neuromuscular disorder impacting bobcats and the endangered Florida panther – Phase 2 $46,000
Diamondback Terrapin Bycatch in Blue Crab Traps and Impacts of Bycatch Reduction Devices on Commercial Landings of Marketable Crabs $103,752
Modify Dumpsters to be Bear-resistant $11,496
Continued Monitoring of Turtle Bunyavirus and Refinement of Tissue Submission Guidelines for Diagnostic Validity – Phase 2 $25,000
Scaring Bears Out of Communities $27,744
Understanding effectiveness of economical on-site conservation options for protected species, and mutual benefits for residents of Florida. $25,000
Continued Research on Mussel Propagation Techniques and Stocking Native Mussels to Restore Populations in Lake Trafford and Improve Water Quality $65,960
Coral reef restoration enhancement using a potential corallivore predator the spotted spiny lobster, Panulirus guttatus $37,358
Training FWC personnel to subdue wildlife and scare bears using tasers $27,750
Assessment of the epidemiology of a neuromuscular disorder impacting bobcats and the endangered Florida panther $150,000
Support for captive breeding of endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows $140,000
Effects of outreach messages on landowner attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to Florida's WMA's $31,350
Mussel Community and Water Quality Restoration in Lake Trafford $65,000
Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance, Wetland Ecosystem Support Team $25,000
Implementing Predation Management for the Protection of Imperiled Beach Nesting Birds in Northeast Florida $41,692
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail - Guide Development and Distribution $19,500
Investigating potential tropicalization of fishes and their cleaning stations found along hardbottom ledges of the West Florida $28,483
Adult movement, pupae fire survival, and caterpillar identification of the frosted elfin (Callophrys irus) butterfly $6,510
Cameras for remote monitoring of bear traps $16,350
Growing Up WILD Curriculum Guides $10,000
Assessing sponge outplant design to refine sponge restoration efforts in Florida Bay $33,859
Support for captive breeding of endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows $82,978
Freshwater turtle disease surveillance: Investigating a softshell turtle mortality event caused by a novel virus $30,000
Assessing the spatial components of pollinator and arthropod habitat using the GatorEye Unmanned Flying Laboratory $30,860
Captive Propagation and Repatriation of the Striped Newt $36,062
Implementing Predation Management for the Protection of Imperiled Beach Nesting Birds in Northeast Florida $45,517
A benthic and fish community assessment of West Florida Shelf ledge ecosystems, including Harmful Algal Bloom impacts $60,000
Enhancement and Coordination of the Sentinel Snake Protocol as a Localized Control Tool for Burmese Pythons in Southwestern Florida $65,000
Growing Up WILD Curriculum Guides $5,000
Bear cub rehabilitation enclosure $20,000
Headstarting of Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders $46,729
Arthropod community monitoring and plant-pollinator network mapping in fire-maintained sandhills $25,771
Documenting Occurrence of the Coastal Dunes Crowned Snake (Tantilla relicta pamlica) on Public Lands $28,800
Assessing the home range of the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum) $4,300
Bear trap improvements and inflatable landing pads $25,782
Enhanced monitoring for imperiled freshwater mussels of Florida $15,000
Backyards and Beyond, Phase 1 $16,000
Movements and Survivorship of Translocated Nuisance American Crocodiles $33,000
Using Echo-Sounder Buoys as Sampling Platforms for Fish Spawning Aggregations: A Pilot Study $70,500
Assessing Benthic Recovery 10 years After the 2005 Harmful Algal Bloom on the West Florida Shelf $58,899
Survey of Crypto serpentis in Wild Snakes and Reintroduction of the Eastern Indigo Snake at Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve $37,943
Incentives for local governments to reduce human/bear conflicts $100,000
National Initiative to Understand and Connect Americans and Nature $15,000
Critical Wildlife Enhancement $225,000
Orphan Bear Cub Rehab Enclosure $5,000
Bear Demographics in Apalachicola Bear Management Unit Year 1 $50,000
Local government incentives to reduce human-bear conflicts $327,147
Journey of the Whooping Crane $50,000
Avian and Terrestrial Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Response Program - CWD & Avian Influenza Veterinarian $64,500
Southeastern At-Risk Species Program (SEARS) $50,000
Reintroduction of Eastern Indigo Snakes to the Florida Panhandle $38,353
Florida Residents' Attitudes Towards Bear Management in the State $45,000
Avian and Terrestrial Wildlife Disease Surveillance and Response Program $64,500
Incentives to Increase Bear-resistant Equipment Availability $80,000
Understanding and Connecting Americans with Nature (UCAN) Phase 3 $100,000
Southeastern At-Risk Species Program (SEARS) $50,000
Genetic Assessment of Striped Newt Populations in Florida $10,320
Health and Genetic Structure of Florida's American Eels $8,500
2016 Python Challenge $78,000
Northern African Python Eradication $63,000
Argentine Black and White Tegu Control and Management $16,000
Volunteer Stewardship Program (VSP) $50,000
Stakeholder Surveys 101: How to design, execute and interpret credible surveys of stakeholder opinions, attitudes, motivations, and behaviors $19,925
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Management on Private Ranch Lands $96,980
Avian and terrestrial wildlife disease surveillance and response program $60,500
Secrets of the Longleaf Pine documentary $12,500
Incentives to Reduce Human/Bear Conflicts $60,000
Refining the FWC beach-nesting bird protocol for threatened ground nesting seabirds $37,970
Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP) $75,000
Fish and Wildlife Reporting app: fish disease and mortality events $35,614
Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tag Readers for Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus) Houses at Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area $500
Examining the efficacy of corallivorous snail removal as a method to promote coral health in the threatened species Acropora palmatta $17,314
Public/Private Partnership- Lake Wales Ridge WEA $3,000
Genetic repository for fish conservation/biodiversity research $12,833
UCANB Phase II $30,000
Central Florida Zoo $95,000
Everglades Youth Conservation Center $300,000
Effective Management of Lionfish in the FL Keys $43,600
UTV & Spray Tanki - Exotics Control on Three Lakes WMA $13,000
Volunteer Stewardship Program $40,000
Impact of hydrilla on the littoral zone $28,026
Bear Response Program $75,000
Centralized Call Database $30,000
Bear Abundance in the Ocala National Forest $32,350
Florida's Coyotes, A Comprehensive Model of Management $35,447
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition $60,000
Python Patrol $28,320
Avian and Terrestrial Wildlife Disease Surveillance & Response $50,000
Stakeholder Engagement (ISMP and Sea Level Rise) $12,238
Lake Eustis Pupfish Evaluation $20,843
Exotic Animal Risk Assessments $25,000
Everglades Exotic Animal Monitoring $50,000
Gambian Pouched Rat Eradication on Grassy Key $50,000
Bear Range and Population Abundance of Black Bears in South Central Florida: Year 3 $40,000
Bear Response Program $40,000
Public-Private Cooperative to Increase Bear-Proof Garbage Can Availability $35,000
A Regional Program to Address Wildlife Problems and Wildlife Health Concerns $97,500
Getting Better Information to the Public to Reduce Coyote Problems $9,756
Planting a Refuge for Wildlife $33,000
Prevalence and Distribution of Baylisascaris procyonis in Florida $29,000
Investigations into the Interaction Between Terrapins and Crab Traps $75,000
Assessing the Use of Artificial Structures to Enhance the Survival Rates of Long-Spined Sea Urchins on the Reef Tract of the Florida Keys $10,000
Assessment of Non-Native Wildlife in South Florida $36,540
Community Bat House on Three Lakes WMA $2,300
Shorebird Monitoring Data Management $42,000
A Boating and Angling Guide to Coastal Volusia County $5,500
Patterns of Benthic Herbivore Biodiversity on Florida Coral Reefs $10,470
Impacts of Aquatic Habitat Management Activities on the Rare Round Tailed Muskrat $54,400
Florida Bird Conservation Initiative / Imperiled Species Management Plan Biologist $75,542
A National Initiative to Understand and Connect Americans with Nature (UCAN) $135,000
A regional approach to responding to wildlife issues and concerns of the public $107,000
Bear Range and Population Abundance of Black Bears in South Central Florida - Year 2 $40,000
Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative $65,000
Population status and distribution of the alligator snapping turtle in the Suwannee River, Florida $39,095
Bear Response Agent Program $40,000
Bear Smart Community jumpstart program $30,000
Preventing extinction of the Miami Blue butterfly through reintroduction, research and captive breeding $31,743
Management Process for Improving Conservation of Imperiled Species $80,000
Developing a Strategy for Coral Reef Restoration in Florida $39,000
Bat Species Inventory on Three Lakes WMA $3,000
Boating and Angling Guide to Bay County $5,500
Access to Photo Library $15,000
Outboard Motor for Research Vessel $16,000
Bear Response Agent Program $40,000
Bear Range and Population Abundance of Black Bears in South Central Florida $40,000
Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative $70,000
Imperiled Species Conservation $90,000
The Cooperative Conservation Blueprint for Florida (Phase II) $59,000
Regional Species Conservation in Florida $200,000
Partnering with private landowners to recover Florida's RCW through Safe Harbor $50,000
Accessing the wealth of data buried in FWRI's biological specimen collection $15,000
Bear Response Agent Program $23,000
Digital Conversion of image library $3,000
One year continuation of two nongame wildlife grants $47,834
Bring back the red cockaded woodpecker through FWC's Safe Harbor Program $50,000
Nongame wildlife conservation throughout Florida $160,000
Assess internet traffic of regulated fish and wildlife $37,500
Community-based approach for human-bear coexistence $45,000
Microsatellite analysis of genetic variation in panhandle gopher tortoise $12,700
Northwest coastal bear festival $5,000
Cooperative Conservation Blueprint for Florida $100,000
Hawks channel coral ecosystem mapping $50,000
Mapping threats to Florida freshwater habitats $54,893
Avian survey of sandhill habitat in Florida $57,842
Community bear restraint container program $61,000
Restoration, monitoring and management of boat propeller scars in St. Andrew Bay, Florida $18,072
Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative partner's meetings $4,500
Assessment, survival and growth of boulder star coral in the Florida Keys $8,500
Gambian Rat Pilot Eradication Project $20,000
Population Dynamics, Demography and Movements of the Endangered Snail Kite $29,095
ArcIMS Programmer to deliver Web-Based GIS Services via the Internet (Year 2) $52,000
Florida Black Bear Distribution in the Big Bend Region $30,000
Development of a Manatee Genetics Tag and Field Sampling Methodology $57,200
Exotic Species Awareness Project $57,924
Florida Black Bear: Aversive Conditioning Program Development and Training $44,000
Law Enforcement Reserve Officer Program Start-up Funds $5,000
Northern Right Whales in Florida An Online Field Trip $3,000
Digital Conversion of Video Library $5,000
Impacts of Florida Manatee Foraging on Seagrass Communities Around a Winter Warm-Water Refuge $62,000
Largemouth Bass Genetics Assessment $2,400
Burrowing Owl Conservation and Management $29,000
Pet Amnesty Program $20,000
Conservation and Protection of Marine Aquatic Habitat at St. Lucie Inlet Reserve State Park Coral Reed, Martin County $34,000
Population Dynamics, Demography and Movements of the Endangered Snail Kite $29,095
Captive Propagation and Reintroduction of the State Endangered Miami Blue Butterfly $42,000
Florida Black Bear Continuation and Expansion of the Bear Response Agent Program $30,000
Florida Black Bear Support to Conduct a Black Bear Management Survey of the General Public $25,000
Response of Native and Exotic Apple Snails to Lake Habitat Management $38,450
Evaluation of Web Cam Technology for Compliance Monitoring $31,200
Radio Telemetry and Mark-Recapture Studies of Demography, Movement, and Population Dynamics of the Endangered Snail Kite $29,095
Florida Black Bear: Statewide Management and Conservation (Bear Response Agent Program) $40,000
Evaluating Wetland Management Techniques for Controlling Para Grass $15,000
Florida Mottled Duck Population Monitoring $38,000
Avian Stewardship, Outreach, and Partnering $13,500
Florida Manatee-A Florida Treasure: Education and Boater Relations $6,200
Inventory of FWC Data: A Prerequisite to Agency-wide Data Integration $55,200
ArcIMS Programmer $52,000
Florida Black Bear Habitat Modeling for Closing the Gaps Update $9,926
Database Management Technical Support for FWC Divisions and Offices $45,213
GIS Mapping Support for FWC Employees $37,733
Florida Manatee Foraging Behavior Around a Winter Warm-water Refuge $27,000
Apple Snail Habitat Associations on Central Florida Lakes $33,886
*Exotic Freshwater Fish Poster $10,000
Suwannee Bass Genetics and Virus Study $10,000
Inventory & Mapping of Plant Communities Including Listed Species on State-Managed Conservation Lands $50,633
Florida Black Bear Conservation and Management $101,000
*Economic Ramifications of Altering the Farm Landscape to Benefit Bobwhite Quail $35,800
Evaluating Wetland Management Techniques for Controlling Para Grass $17,500
Mottled Duck Hybridization Marketing and Public Relations $30,000
Role of Eggshell Integrity on Alligator Egg Viability in Florida $24,000
FL Mottled Duck Population Monitoring $11,000
Be Bear Aware Campaign $25,000
Dev. Of Proposals to Acquire Land for Fish and Wildlife $41,500
Evaluating Wetland Management Techniques for Controlling Para Grass $20,000
Analysis of Alligator Diets & Role of Gizzard Shad in Alligator Mortality/Lake Griffin $25,800
Florida Black Bear Conservation and Management $88,500
Florida Mottled Duck Hybridization Genetics $6,000
Mottled Duck Hybridization Marketing and Public Relations $6,250
Impact of Largemouth Bass Iridovirus on Florida Bass Populations $35,500
Largemouth Bass Genetics Assessment $24,000
Habitat Enhancement Effects on Applesnail Abundance $21,777
Joe Budd Aquatic Education Center Enhancement $28,700
Big Catch Certificates $20,000
Aquatic Resources and Sportfishing Education Program Enhancements $9,000
Digitize Slide Library/Index Slides and Video Tapes $13,000
Florida Black Bear Education Project/Seminole Count6y $35,530
Conservation and Restoration of Queen Conch in South Florida $3,025
Surveillance and Monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease $52,000
Increase Florida Wildlife Magazine Circulation $29,151
Florida Black Bear Population Monitoring and Nuisance Response $125,000
Virus Screening/Alligator Mortality/Lake Griffin $19,400
Evaluation of Flood Pulse Effect on Fish Populations in Florida's Lakes and Low Gradient Streams $58,000
Florida Wildlife Habitat (LANDSAT) Map $36,000
Purchase Computer - Florida Wildlife Magazine $5,005
Florida Black Bear Population Monitoring and Nuisance Response $100,000
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