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UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Hosts Invasive Species Workshop June 6

WHO:             University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Bay County.

WHAT:          Air Potato Challenge and Species Awareness workshop. The event will include exhibits, and distribution of air potato leaf beetles.

WHERE:       2728 E. 14th Street, Panama City, FL 32401

WHEN:          June 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Manned exhibits

UF/IFAS Extension Bay County:

  • Air potato vine and air potato leaf beetle, beach vitex, lionfish, snakes, other species.
  • UF/IFAS Assessment tools.
  • Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps) and the IveGot1 app, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
  • Information on invasive plant and animal programs, Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida.
  • Live exotic reptiles that threaten native habitats due to pet owner releases.

Schedule of events

  • 9 a.m. to noon: air potato leaf beetle distribution. Registration required to receive beetles; register online at All attendees are welcome to drop-in without registration to visit other exhibits and learn about invasive species.
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.: “Exotic Invaders: Reptiles and Amphibians of Concern in NW FL.” Lunch & Learn (bring your own lunch) with Steve Johnson, UF/IFAS associate professor of wildlife ecology.
  • 1:30-5 p.m. Drop-in time to visit exhibits and interact with experts from UF/IFAS, FWC, and Science & Discovery Center.

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CONTACT: Julie McConnell, 850-784-6105,