Hardee County 4-H Agriculture Camp July 2017 In Hardee County, the agriculture industry generates over 73 percent of our job market. What is unique about the agriculture in Hardee County is that it heavily varies from where it… Read More
Category: Natural Resources
The 2017 sea turtle nesting season in northeast Florida began in May. Typically, female sea turtles crawl up onto the beach to lay their eggs overnight, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures. However, very occasionally they may nest in… Read More
Q: I was walking along Egan’s Creek and saw a plant I thought was Queen Anne’s lace but my friend seems to think it is elderberry. Do you have any ideas?
A: It could have easily been elderberry but after looking over the site and sending photographs to the University of Florida, we determined the plant to most likely be a water hemlock. Water hemlock, Cicuta maculata, is the most… Read More
Have you ever thought about the value of birds? I mean, the value in dollars. There over 18,000 birds on this planet, all different and all play a role in keeping Florida ecosystems healthy. They can also keep… Read More
A: Reeds, sedges and rushes are not my strength but your photo of the seed head made it easier to identify. I am glad you did not pick any of the plants as these should be left alone. … Read More
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. Do you have any idea what it might be?
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. It did not look like any turtle I am familiar with as the outer shell was very rough. I have included a picture. Do… Read More
Q: I know you usually work with plants but I was hoping you might help me identify the turtles I see on logs within the Egan’s Creek wildlife preserve behind my subdivision.
A: As luck would have it, I was searching for invasive plants at Egan’s Creek Greenway a few days ago and noticed dozens of turtles sliding of the logs once I got nearby. This phenomenon of sliding off… Read More
Q: I am having a terrible time with the squirrels eating the bark from my maple and oak trees. What can I do?
A: Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees. Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years… Read More
Q: I always lift the cover off my gas BBQ with caution because I never know what I might find. This time I found a snake. I washed him off with a hose but do you have any… Read More
Q: I almost stepped on a snake in my yard and wanted to know what kind it was. It was light brown with patterns on the back. I couldn’t tell if the head was truly triangle but I… Read More