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Category: Recreation

Attracting Wildlife with Unbridled Enthusiasm

Wildlife in the Environment “DAD! A BUMBLEBEE!” My son yelled excitingly the other day. Of course, it was a dragonfly, but to my two-year-old son, all flying insects are bumblebees. Five minutes later we found ourselves lifting logs,… Read More

Coastal Invaders: Mother of Millions

Among the sandy dunes of northeast Florida, there’s a plant quietly replicating itself. It outcompetes our native beach species slowly altering the ecology. Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtonii) or sometimes called Chandelier plant, produces fully formed “baby… Read More

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action

If you are anything like me, you might already have a few plants that provide for pollinators.  Last year, when I started to renovate my landscape, I knew I wanted to plant various spaces to welcome pollinators and… Read More

Bird Watching Series: Songbirds (Part 2)

Week 2 of Songbirds! How many songbirds were you able to identify last week from part 1?  If you missed it last week’s Songbirds (Part 1)  post, click here. This week, we will be learning more “Songbirds”.  These birds… Read More

Student uses Andes Mountain Hike for Class Project

A student majoring in Environmental Management of Agricultural and Natural Resources used a hike in the Andes Mountains this spring to complete a class project. Sarah Birkmire was taking GIS for Soil and Water Science (SWS 4720C) when… Read More

Bird Watching Series: Songbirds (Part 1)

This week is all about songbirds! There are many other songbirds in Central Florida you can identify, but here are a few we can practice this week.  Have you been following along with our weekly Bird Watching Series? I… Read More

Amberjacks? A Complete Guide Of What You Need To Know Before The Season Opens.

Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) season is opening this Friday May 1-31st and again August 1st– October 31st in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters here in Florida (regulations here). I thought this would be the perfect opportunity… Read More

Pinellas Parks and Preserves are Open for Socially-Distant Recreation

While the beaches in Pinellas County are gaining a lot of press, County Parks and Preserves have remained open for recreational exercise, with limited amenities, during the duration of the “Safer at Home” County Order . “Under the… Read More

COVID Cane Toad Removal

With many Floridians following the Governor’s safer at home order, homeowners have gotten to know their yard and neighborhood landscaping extremely well! One activity you can participate in while on your walks is the removal of invasive cane… Read More