Bowman’s Beach Gopher Tortoise Relocation Site

The Lee County Parks and Recreation identified Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island as a possible relocation site for gopher tortoises occurring on land slated for future development. DexBender (an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent) assisted Lee County with the process of obtaining Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approval of the 65.8 acres of habitat as a Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site with Long Term Protection. This consisted of conducting gopher tortoise burrow surveys and vegetation sampling, preparing the application, and negotiating the terms of the permit with the FWC. We are also conducting annual gopher tortoise surveys in order to track the gopher tortoise population as gopher tortoises are relocated to the site.