Category: Natural Resources

UF Extension fights for wildlife during National Clean Beaches Week

By Rebecca Burton GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While Florida is known for its pristine beaches, endangered species still rely on residents and visitors to keep their habitat clean. In celebration of National Clean Beaches Week (July 1-7), University of… Read More

UF hosts showing of ‘Food Evolution’ movie on June 30

Who:   The University of Florida IFAS horticultural sciences department will host a free showing of the Florida premier of “Food Evolution.” What: The event features York Lecture Series speaker Alison Van Eenennaam and is narrated by renowned scientist… Read More

Get to know local flora, fauna and history at next Seahorse Key open house, July 8

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Families who missed the last Seahorse Key open house have another chance to encounter history, wildlife and more on July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will get to see aquarium critters, tour… Read More

Florida teachers get to be kids again at UF Plant Camp

By: Dehlia Albrecht, 352-273-3665; dehliadee@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While parents are getting ready to send their kids off to camps, two dozen teachers will prepare for their own summer adventure. On June 12, teachers from across the state… Read More

UF/IFAS expert: How to protect your yard during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As drought conditions continue, some Florida yards and gardens may start to look less than lush. “Certain ornamental plants such as roses, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and many annuals are more vulnerable to drought conditions,” said… Read More

Don’t get burned: Tips for protecting your home from wildfires during drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As communities in Florida face a record drought, many residents have been waking up to the smell of smoke from nearby wildfires. And some may even face blazes in their own backyards. “Those most at… Read More

UF researcher offers Floridians tips for surviving country’s worst drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Concern is growing among state residents as Florida experiences the worst drought in the country, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any… Read More