Go green with some sustainable mulches that can be an alternative for the landscape. More…
Category: Natural Resources
From August 6 until March 31, hundreds of thousands of boaters, divers and snorkelers search along Florida’s coastal waterways and throughout the Florida Keys for spiny lobsters. Florida provides 100 percent of the nation’s commercial spiny lobster landings, making… Read More
You’ve probably heard the term “carbon footprint,” but have you heard of a “water footprint”? A water footprint refers to…
Groundwater resources in Florida face high demand for consumption, agricultural and industrial needs. Taking advantage of Florida’s seasonal rainfall can reduce pressure on groundwater for non-potable uses during drier seasons. For the homeowner, harvesting rainwater reduces your water… Read More
From hatching alligators to baby foxes leaving their dens, July has a variety of wildlife happenings. More…
Have you ever wondered how you would react if a shark swam by or even attacked you while you took a swim at the beach? Although you have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning or injured in… Read More
Sarasota County is one of many counties in Southwest Florida that have established restrictions on the application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous. Sarasota County’s fertilizer blackout prohibits applying such products to turf grass and landscape plants from… Read More
Q: I don’t see the small green lizards here anymore. I used to see them all the time when I moved here ten years ago. They seem to have been replaced by a brown variety. What happened?
A: Most likely what you are now seeing is the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei. Apparently this lizard was first detected in 1887 in the Florida Keys but has become fully established within the last 10 years. An… Read More
Q: What kind of caterpillar is this? It looks similar to a monarch butterfly caterpillar but I know it is not.
A: Thank you for bringing in the caterpillar on a leafy twig so it has something to eat. The caterpillar is the larval stage of the black swallowtail butterfly. The colors on both caterpillars are white, yellow and… Read More
A: Since we were both standing outside and looking at the butterfly visiting the blackberry flowers at the Yulee Fruit Demonstration garden, it was easy to identify. The butterfly is called an American Painted Lady or American Lady,… Read More