Q and A: I am concerned about mistaking the Florida Bobcat for the Florida Panther. Could you enlighten your readers?

bobcat

from J.C., via eMail Answer: The bobcat (Felis rufus) is found from southern Canada, throughout the United States, and to the higher elevations of southeastern Mexico. In Florida, the bobcat occurs statewide. A solitary, mostly nocturnal creature, the bobcat… Read More

Q and A: I have heard that there is a type of mosquito that is an indicator for poor water quality. What are these mosquitoes called and do they exist in this area?

blind mosquitos

from C.R., Bonita Springs Answer: Blind mosquitoes, also known as aquatic midges, are mosquito-like insects often associated with poor water quality. Blind mosquito is a common name that may refer to various species of midges. One thing to… Read More

Q and A: I have a black bear that is foraging near my remote home and would like to know if there is anything I can do to prevent it from traveling onto I-75 which runs behind my property?

blackbear

from M.B., Naples Answer: The Florida Black Bear has long been of interest to people. This subspecies of the more northern-ranging black bear (Ursus americanus) is only found in our state. Most people are familiar with bears (i.e…. Read More

Q and A: As northern bird watchers, we are wondering what avian activities are prevalent this time of year?

barred owl

from V.B., Bonita Springs Answer: Throughout Florida, this is a great time to be bird watching. This is the best time of year for watching waterfowl on wetlands, lakes and prairies. Snail Kites are gathering in South Florida to… Read More

Q and A: My neighbors have bird feeders that attract crows, blackbirds, and starlings. These birds are loud and messy and I was wondering if someone would tell these folks that they are creating a nuisance. Why buy feed for these garbage eaters?

from J.P., Fort Myers Answer: There is a delicate balance between nature and development, just as there is a delicate balance that must be reached between neighbors. I am not the person to tell a homeowner what to… Read More

Q and A: I have recently moved here and have mockingbirds tormenting my family and our pets. What should I do?

bird nest

from D.T., Bonita Springs Answer: “The Birds”, a Hitchcock horror film from yesteryear or a modern day nightmare. It seems that residents throughout the county are having the same problem so you are not alone. Although bird attacks are… Read More

Q and A: I think I saw a bald eagle flying over US41 in Bonita Springs. Is this possible?

Bald Eagle UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham.

from J.P., new transplant in Bonita Answer: Southwest Florida is home to many bald eagles. However, the bald eagles in the area (the Southern Bald Eagle) are much smaller than northern eagles. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Read More