Category: Wildlife

Fishing Guides Can Now Be Certified as Environmentally Friendly

Fishing is big business in Florida, contributing several billion dollars each year to the state’s economy. Fishing guides are an important part of that industry, providing locals and tourists with authentic Florida fishing experiences. Anglers who want to… Read More

Growing Batty: UF/IFAS Researchers Discover That Rare Bats Pollinate Durian Trees

Every October, creatures of the night await their once-a-year opportunity to go forth and feast upon sweet treats offered abundantly throughout the neighborhood. A typical Halloween in Florida? An event celebrating Bat Week, observed internationally Oct. 24-31? Not… Read More

UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss

Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, Florida, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass. Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College… Read More

National Honey Bee Day: 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Honey Bees

These days, it seems like everyone is interested in bees — in part, due to honey bees’ vital role in growing our food, as well as reports of their declining numbers. Even as the public’s fascination with honey… Read More

Study: Improved Genetics Have Made Florida Panthers Healthier, More Abundant

Efforts to increase genetic diversity in Florida panthers have helped the endangered animal survive and multiply since the mid-1990s, according to a new study by researchers with the University of Florida (UF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife… Read More

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