Category: Wildlife

What’s the Likelihood of a ‘Crawl’ Situation? UF Experts Dispel Alligator Attack Misconceptions

By Lourdes Rodriguez DAVIE, Fla. — With hurricane season 2019 underway in Florida, and the once-endangered American alligator making its population recovery, a new horror film is setting the stage for the perfect opportunity to educate people about… 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

June 1 is World Reef Awareness Day, Citizen Scientists See the Habitats’ Importance First-Hand

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Worldwide, coral reefs comprise less than 1% of the ocean floor, and yet they provide habitat for around 25% of the world’s marine fish species. Corals are also sensitive living organisms threatened by diseases, temperature… Read More

UF Scientists Test Vaccine for Disease that Affects Deer

University of Florida scientists are working with deer farmers to test a new vaccine that could help prevent a deadly disease in deer. The disease, called epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, does not affect humans, but is the… 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 Hosts Free Family Fishing Days

By Kim Scotto-Kelly The UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation kicks off its first 2019 Family Fishing Day this Saturday, Mar. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. The free, monthly event is held at 7922 NW 71st Street… 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