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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Safety Information

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Safety Information

WEC takes the safety of students, staff and faculty very seriously. We expect everyone to take responsibility for their safety, be informed about safety issues and follow required and recommended safety protocols. Safety is a professional obligation and life saving skill for wildlife professionals. The following topics and links are provided as an entry to safety needs.

For Emergencies call campus police (352) 392-1111 and emergency services (911).


    • Work Related Injury - All injuries sustained during WEC funded activity MUST be reported to your PI/supervisor. Instructions for reporting work related injuries.

    • CPR Training - All WEC personnel are encouraged to obtain CPR training which is available at Florida Heartsaver. Florida Heartsaver offers local, fee-based courses, including basic first aid, CPR, first responder, wilderness first aid, and wilderness first responder courses. funds may be available from the sponsoring faculty member for course fees.


Motor vehicles. Operation of any motorized vehicle, including your own, for WEC activity requires compliance with all State of Florida, UF and any additional agency (e.g., USGS) certifications, standards and procedures. Operations that have special requirements include:

Boats. Operation of any vessel (boat, airboat, canoe) for WEC activity requires that the operator demonstrate or obtain appropriate experience or certification. WEC vessel use must comply with all state requirements for operation, safety equipment, personal floatation devices and lights. The Coop Unit provides vessels for research but has strict certification requirements

General boating operation requirements and safety information

AircraftWEC Aircraft Use and Safety Handbook

Field Safety

Woods Safety Talk - Woods Safety Talk

Heat stroke and dehydration - |

Alligators and Crocodiles - Crocodile Safety

Venomous animals

Prevention: Tick bites/Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and/or other pathogens

Ticks are prevalent in wooded areas and there is always a possibility of contracting Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and/or other pathogens from tick bites while outdoors in these areas especially during warm and dry periods.

Please read the important prevention information in the link below. This info will be provided to and distributed by TA's in all field labs. Extra copies available from Paul Proctor in B-1 N-Z/Equipment Room and Willie Wood in 118A N-Z/Operations.

Also, "lint removers" for rapid "seed tick" removal have been added to the auxillary first aid kits in all SFRC teaching vans and both research vehicles.

Thanks for being proactive in the prevention of injury from ticks!

Tick ID Cards:

More Information:

Backcountry Lightning Risk Management

This paper is for people who work or recreate in remote backcountry settings where there are no buildings or vehicles in which to seek protection from lightning. The full paper is available here.

Diver safety

Use of any under-water compressed (e.g. Scuba) air or re-breathing apparatus for WEC activity requires current certification at an appropriate level PADI and UF Diver Safety Certification Use of Scuba for diving into caves or any underground cavity is prohibited.


Federal and State law prohibits firearms anywhere on any University property. Use of firearms for research purposes such as collection of specimens, capture guns etc. must be cleared with your supervisor and comply with State and federal laws for the possession, carriage and use of firearms.