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Category: Conservation

Trees Transplanted on Florida’s Highways Survive, Provide Motorists’ Benefits

Trees not only beautify highways, they can calm motorists down, says a University of Florida scientist. Furthermore, according to new UF research, the trees planted along Florida’s highways survive remarkably well, even after a period scientists call “transplant… Read More

UF/IFAS Abuzz with Excitement for Upcoming Bee College Events in Gainesville

Experienced beekeepers, aspiring novices and people simply curious about honey bees will all find plenty of sweet educational opportunities at the 2019 University of Florida Bee College, coming August 5-6 and 8-9. Bee College is Florida’s premier beekeeping… Read More

Climate Change Will Mean Mass Movement of Wildlife — How Scientists Say We Can Prepare

When polar bears began showing up in Russian Siberia this year, experts suggested climate change may be a cause. Higher temperatures were melting ice in the Arctic, which polar bears rely on to hunt. The hungry bears had… Read More

UF Faculty Member and Alumna to Lead National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lara Milligan attended her first Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) Conference in 2012 shortly after she began her position as natural resources agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. The connection… Read More

Battling Invasive Plants Good Investment, but More Funding Needed, Study Finds

For decades, Florida communities have battled invasive plants on land and water. These plants disrupt native ecosystems and livelihoods, and more arrive each year. Now a new study from the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy shows… Read More

May is American Wetlands Month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With 20% of the nation’s wetlands, Florida is a prime location to observe American Wetlands Month. As Peter Frederick, a University of Florida research professor, puts it: “You don’t have to go very far in… Read More

Celebrate Earth Day with UF/IFAS

Every Earth Day needs a scientific perspective. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has hundreds of scientists and educators ready to share scientific insights into today’s most important environmental issues. See below to some… Read More

DNA Evidence Shows Burmese Pythons Infiltrating Everglades Bird Colonies

Photo above courtesy of Kodiak Hengstebeck, a doctoral student in the UF/IFAS department of wildlife ecology and conservation. Scientists with the University of Florida and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have found that Burmese pythons are occupying bird… Read More

UF Helps Educators Teach Importance of Pollinators

Middle school science teachers have a new tool from the University of Florida to teach students about pollinators and the role they play in producing food. Nicole Pinson and Alicia Lamborn, horticulture agents with the UF Institute of… Read More

Citizen Scientists Needed to Survey Seagrass, Seaweed in Charlotte Harbor

Soon snorkelers will begin canvassing the floor of Charlotte Harbor. They’ll be on a scavenger hunt of sorts—a hunt for data. The data they collect will help scientists get a better picture of the health of the harbor,… Read More