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Wildlife and Invasive Species Educational Webinars – October

We hope you will join us for our free W.I.S.E webinars this month!

Friday October 9 at 1:00 pm – “The American Alligator”Updated – This presentation will cover the identification, biology, and life history of Florida’s state reptile. This is an updated presentation. Presenter: Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Multi-County Director Sumter and Hernando Counties Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

Friday October 16 at 1:00 pm – Biological Control Methods Used for Invasive Species” – Invasive plants can be difficult to control if nothing here in Florida eats them! Learn how several imported biological controls have been used to provide control over some of our worst invasive plant species. Controls for air potato vine and Brazilian pepper trees will be discussed, along with how new agents are tested and approved. Presenter: Dr. Bill Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Residential/Commercial Horticulture Agent III/Master Gardener Coordinator. Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

Tuesday October 20 at 1:00 pm – “Delusionary Parasitosis: Or the Invisible Itches!” – This presentation will cover the fascinating field of delusionary parasitosis. Delusionary parasitosis is when people have a belief they are infested with living things, such as insects.  We will explain this unique field in the pest control industry and examples of what Extension agents see firs hand locally. This is a really great talk, so I highly recommend it. Presenters: Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Multi-County Director Sumter and Hernando Counties and Dr. Faith Oi, Associate Professor UF Department of Entomology and Nematology and Pest Management University Director. Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/99624130447

Friday October 23 at 1:00 pm – “Wildlife Diseases” – We are happy to have this virtual presentation as part of WISE. The presentation will cover the common and not so common disease and facts associated with wildlife diseases, such as rabies and leprosy. This was one of the most popular talks at our in-person WISE workshop. Presenter: Dr. Samantha Wisely, University Term Professor, University Foundation Research Professor, Director, Cervidae Health Research Initiative, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

Friday October 30 at 1:00 pm – “Haunted Seas” – This presentation will cover the many different sea creatures found in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. This presentation will not disappoint! Presenter: Brittany Scharf, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Sea Grant/Marine Science Agent II. Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489

Friday October 30 at 9:00 am – “Basic Home Maintenance for New Florida Homeowners” – Join UF/IFAS Extension faculty virtually to learn how to save money and be healthy in your home. This two-hour webinar will cover pest management for your home, energy efficiency, saving water indoors and preventing mold.
Presenters: Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Multi-County Director Sumter and Hernando Counties,  Dr. Faith Oi, Associate Professor UF Department of Entomology and Nematology and Pest Management University Director and LuAnn Duncan, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent III – This is a recurring presentation, it will not be recorded. Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/98769277208

For more information contact: Jim Davis at dvisshdn@ufl.edu

Jim E. Davis
Multi-County Extension Director
Sumter County & Hernando County
Extension Agent II
Agriculture/Natural Resources and Community Development
Florida Master Naturalist Instructor