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Category: Wildlife

Polk County’s Invasive Amphibians (Webinar Opportunity)

Join UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads and Cuban treefrogs. Invasive species, like cane toads and Cuban treefrogs, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified geographic area, (b) were introduced by humans… Read More

Peters’s Rock Agama “Rainbow Lizards” on the Treasure Coast: A Florida Master Naturalist Final Project

For their Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course final project, Marko Sillanpaa and Chloe Lloyd conducted observational research on Peters’s rock agama on the Florida Treasure Coast.  I served as overall course instructor and Ellen Butler served as their final… Read More

Mindfully Gardening

Its about being all around healthy I know you’ve learned about exercising your body and I’m certain you’ve thought about how that translates to the garden. Now, what about your mind? Yes, your mind needs attention just as… Read More

Sheepshead, The Fish With A Weird Name And Even Weirder Teeth!

When I was diving a small natural reef in Southwest Florida I stumbled upon a sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) attempting to eat a smooth duck clam (Anatina anatine). It was neat watching this steadfast fish repeatedly pick up and… Read More

A gentle plea for chaos in the garden

About 20 years ago I read a book by Sara Stein called Noah’s Garden and it transformed the way I think about gardening.  In her book, she describes the way nature plants.  There are no lines, or sharp… Read More

Attracting Wildlife Can Beautify Your Yard

One of the easiest ways to attract wildlife is to plant flowers, shrubs and trees that birds and pollinators need for their species to survive. It’s easy to attract these beneficial guests to your yard or patio by… Read More