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Category: Conservation

New study on mercury contamination has global implications for wildlife conservation

great egret walking through the water

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

Study: For monarch butterflies, plant variety is the spice of life

Monarch butterfly on flower

As monarch butterflies make their transcontinental migration this month across North America, they will depend on milkweed plants to produce the next generation of this iconic butterfly species, which has seen declines of more than 80% in its… Read More

Jamie Ellis, director of UF/IFAS honey bee lab, wins national Excellence in Extension award

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie Ellis of the… Read More

Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

A margay in Belize. Getty Images

Above: A margay, a type of small wild cat found in the rainforests of Belize. Getty Images If a poacher shoots a deer in the forest and no one sees it, did it really happen? That is not so… Read More

Coming Soon: Nature Coast Currents

Starting September 17, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station will host several live virtual events showcasing the latest scientific research and projects happening on the Nature Coast. These events are free and open to the public  Registrants will… Read More

How toxic is the air from red tide today? FWC grants UF scientists $200K to develop new technology

image-karenia brevis- red tide- credit FWC

DAVIE, Fla. — Two University of Florida scientists are the recipients of a $200,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They will use that money over the next 10 months to develop the methodology leading… Read More

Source of irrigation water influences how much of it you conserve

Whether you get your water from a public utility, a well or recycled water, the source will influence how much water you save, a new University of Florida study shows. Turns out, city water users tend to engage… Read More

Simple trap effective against invasive lionfish, study shows

All photos and video courtesy of Alex Fogg. A relatively inexpensive and simply designed trap shows promise as a tool for combating the invasive lionfish, according to new research from the University of Florida published in PLOS ONE…. Read More

St. Lucie atala butterfly conservation program awarded national designation

St. LUCIE, Fla. – Despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting the use of parks and natural settings, residents of all ages can still enjoy what nature has to offer in almost every urban location including one’s own backyard. That is… Read More

Sea turtle nests and hurricanes, here is what UF /IFAS experts want you to know

By: Lourdes Rodriguez and Tory Moore Hurricane season, June through November, overlaps with sea turtle nesting season, which starts in March and runs through October in Florida. When storms approach the coast, they can put nests in peril…. Read More