Category: Conservation

Carpenter Bees Bore Problems

by Les Harrison There are certain sounds which cannot be ignored. They convey an immediate message which calls the listener to be alert and prepared. These noises, even here in the Florida panhandle, are uniquely distinct and are… Read More

Starfish Found In Florida Waters

by Les Harrison With the return of warmer weather, the focus of outdoor activities is shifting to pursuits where the partakers can maintain a comfortable temperature personally. So logically this means taking advantage of the local water resources…. Read More

Wildlife Wednesday Webinars 2018 series

The natural resources programs from UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas and Polk Counties are pleased to announce that the Wildlife Wednesday Webinar series for 2018 will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, June – November, 2018. The webinars… Read More

Bug Word of the Day: Central-Place Forager

Central-place foragers are animals that return to the same nest in between foraging trips, collecting their food, or food for their offspring, in an area around that nest. Animals that are not central-place foragers instead roam continuously, foraging… Read More

Bug of the Day: Sweat Bee

If you are outside on a hot day working in the gardening, or taking a walk through a park, you might find a shiny bee resting on your sweaty skin. It is probably a sweat bee! Sweat bees… Read More

UF-led team of scientists outlines novel approach to save endangered tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With fewer than 1,000 of them left in the wild, the Florida torreya tree is on the path to extinction. But now scientists have a plan to save it. Last month, scientists from universities, conservation… Read More

Bug Word of the Day: Proboscis

Elephants, mosquitoes, and butterflies share something in common – they have a proboscis! A proboscis is simply a long appendage coming out of an animal’s head, and is used to describe the nose or snout of a vertebrate,… Read More

Bug of the Day: Bella Moth

Not all moths are night creatures. In fact, one of the most colorful moths in Florida, the bella moth Utetheisa ornatrix, is active during the day when we can admire its beauty. The wings of the bella moth… Read More