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
Category: Natural Resources
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 They seem to have been replaced by a brown variety.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
With hurricane season underway, now is the prefect time to become prepared and create a plan in the event of a hurricane. While many families grasp the monstrous effects a hurricane causes, they may be ill-prepared. Review the… Read More
Last Tuesday, April 21st, schools across the nation took part in Agricultural Literacy Day. This day is part of a week of activities and events meant to bring awareness to youth about the influence of agriculture in their… Read More
Thursday, April 23 —Five Years Later: Building & Redefining Resilience How Prepared is the Gulf Coast for Future Disasters
Monday April 20, 2015 marked the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. This week the University of Florida’s Healthy Gulf Healthy Communities (HGHC) invites you to a very important community event. The 2015 HGHC Regional Forum… Read More
Local residents know that millions of visitors flock to Florida to visit its beaches, theme parks, and other attractions each year. But many locals don’t know there are fun activities close to home. Agritainment—a variation of agritourism—attracts local… Read More
Instead of buying produce from far-away farms, buy locally to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and boost the local economy. While the typical supermarket produce can travel up to 2,000 miles, locally grown harvest only travels about 50… Read More
The January meeting of the EscaRosa Beekeeping Association will be held on Saturday January 17, 2015 at 6310 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506. There will be a beekeeping Swap Meet from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., a… Read More