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Category: Natural Resources

Wild Sarasota Spotlight: comBATting bat myths

Swooping through the night sky, many people are quick to decry bats as blood suckers, rabies vectors, and a general nuisance. However, these miraculous flying mammals pose little risk to humans and are actually essential in managing our… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers

The Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers “It started – for me, it started last Thursday, in response to an urgent message from my nurse, I hurried home from a medical convention I’d been attending. At first glance, everything… Read More

Tegus in Florida

Hiking, biking, or kayaking in Florida has always presented opportunities to see large reptiles. Florida is famous for its alligators and  crocodiles. Even skinks, while not exactly Godzilla-sized, can get impressively hefty. And the state boasts some pretty… Read More

“Florida’s Most Recognizable Reptile, the American Alligator” – A new episode from Naturally Florida!

When alligators are in the news, it’s not usually because they did something amazing or saved someone’s life. In fact, it’s often the opposite. These often maligned reptiles are part of life in Florida. They are critical species… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers to conduct eco-assessment of DeLuca Preserve, create open database

A team of UF/IFAS researchers plans to characterize the soil, water, and microbiome features of the DeLuca Preserve, a roughly 27,000-acre parcel of land in Florida’s southern Osceola County. The property, donated to UF in November 2020, includes… Read More