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Category: Conservation

Barn owl conservation efforts in South Florida — a soaring success for species, growers, environment

image- barn owl babies in barn owl nesting boxes at EAA

Rodents are responsible for millions of dollars in damage to crops and farm equipment each year. Through the University of Florida Barn Owl Project in the Everglades Agricultural Area, a beneficial relationship has quietly thrived… Read More

New podcast explains how prescribed fire helps plants, animals and people

You might already know that prescribed fires help prevent potentially dangerous wildfires. But did you also know that they help conserve plants and animals in our natural areas? Called Fire University, the podcast is hosted… Read More

Inland fisheries may provide a ‘safety net’ during pandemic, new study finds

Fishermen in Malawi

A new study led by University of Florida researchers has found that the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to shifts in the way people use rivers, lakes and other inland water bodies… Read More

27,000 acres gifted to UF for conservation, outdoor classroom and laboratory

DeLuca property

Land near Yeehaw Junction one of the largest tracts ever given to a university More than 27,000 rural acres near Yeehaw Junction in Florida’s southern Osceola County has been gifted to the University of Florida… Read More

USDA-NIFA Awards UF/IFAS Faculty with National Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Nov. 4, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food… Read More

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… 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… Read More

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

awards and recognitions

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… 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… Read More