Tag: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Squirrel Appreciation Day is Jan. 21: Here are six reasons to start loving these nutty critters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Squirrels often get a bad rap. They raid bird feeders. They can chew through just about anything. They dart out in front of cars. But, while sometimes inconvenient for humans, this oft-labeled “nuisance” animal has… Read More

UF researcher to study how birds navigate the vast oceans without getting lost

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seabirds are known for traveling vast distances — as much as 8 million kilometers in a lifetime. But just how these birds navigate over long stretches of open water remains a mystery. Now, thanks to… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher: Cats, dogs teaming up is best way to keep rodents away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cats and dogs may be longtime enemies, but when teamed up, they keep rodents away, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. That’s good news for farmers trying to keep… Read More

UF/IFAS researcher: Signs can help conserve natural resources in urban neighborhoods

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher wants to help you engage your neighbors to conserve urban biodiversity. Mark Hostetler, a UF/IFAS professor of wildlife ecology and… Read More

UF/IFAS study: Snail kites’ affinity for home leaves them in more peril

See caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The endangered snail kite’s affinity for its birthplace can come back to haunt the bird, leaving it in more peril, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More