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Category: Wildlife

Imposter Identities: “Murder Hornets” vs. Eastern Cicada Killers

2020: a year of a global pestilence, a record number of Atlantic basin tropical systems, global wildfires, suspicious Chinese seed packages, and toilet paper shortages. Enter, the “MURDER HORNET” – an invasive hymenoptera with a painfully debilitating sting…. Read More

UF/IFAS RCREC Graduate Student Highlight: Wes Anderson

By: Bethany Wight, Biologist UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center Wesley “Wes” Anderson was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and raised in Lancaster County where he graduated from Cocalico Senior High School in 2005. Lancaster is the heart… Read More

Reducing your Seed and Suet Addiction-Plants to Support Wildlife

When the cooler weather of fall arrives, many of us think of attracting a delightful gathering of birds to our gardens with a selection of feeders filled with a variety of seed, suet and even meal worms.  It… Read More

Bats- Scary or Awesome?

Note:  All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life.  In fact, the vampire bat does… Read More

New study on mercury contamination has global implications for wildlife conservation

Ecologists have long known that mercury contamination reduced the number of viable offspring animals produce. Now, new research indicates that mercury may also make animals less likely to mate in the first place, suggesting that mercury and similar… Read More

NSF Fellow in SNRE – Adam Searles

By Patrick Farrar Four outstanding graduate students in UF’s School of Natural Resources and Environment have received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards from the National Science Foundation. The highly-competitive five-year fellowship grants them substantial financial support for… Read More