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Category: Conservation

Superheroes of the Natural World

We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Justina Dacey and Rick O’Connor If there were superheroes of the… Read More

Public input needed for Southeast Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area

The Southeast Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area (Coral ECA), a stretch of Florida’s reef tract from the northern boundary of Biscayne Bay National Park to the St. Lucie Inlet, is in need of conservation. A public meeting will… Read More

Alachua County Residents to Become Citizen Scientists for the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

By Katrina Rossos Learning more about the species’ in your yard and neighborhood can be just as easy as stepping outside with your smartphone. This spring, the public—no matter their background—can become active ecologists in the iNaturalist City… Read More

Florida Rosemary – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Florida Rosemary Ceratiola ericoides Florida Rosemary is native to the southeast and has a very strong aroma. Plants can reach heights of 2.5 meters and have thick vegetation. Flowers appear from… Read More

World Seagrass Day: Seagrasses and Carbon

By Alexandra L. Bijak, Ph.D. Student UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department World Seagrass Day (March 1st) raises awareness of seagrasses and the ecosystem functions and services they provide. Seagrasses are flowering marine plants that inhabit coastlines worldwide,… Read More

Do Aquatic Herbicides Cause Sores on Fish?

By: Dr. Benjamin P. Sperry, Research Assistant Scientist, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants What is that!?! The fish I caught has sores! People around the state have been increasingly reporting fish with abnormalities or sores on social media…. Read More

The Art and Science of Becoming a Jazz-singing Entomologist

When his eyes are not focused on insects like mosquitos, Decyo “DJ” McDuffie can be found on stage looking past the blinding spotlight at his audience, singing jazz music. As a senior entomology and nematology student in the… Read More