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Category: Natural Resources

Suspicious Seed Packets: Drop them off at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has asked county Extension offices to be collection points for the suspicious seed packets that have been reported in the news. For more information, contact our office at (863)… Read More

Polk County’s Invasive Amphibians (Webinar Opportunity)

close up of a Cane Toad

Join UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads and Cuban treefrogs. Invasive species, like cane toads and Cuban treefrogs, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified geographic area, (b) were introduced by humans… Read More

Mosquitoes in and around your home

Bromeliad bloom holding water

The arrival of summer temperatures and summer rainfall bring to mind another of our summer arrivals: mosquitoes.  These pesky insects are a reality to residents of Florida, and questions associated with disease spread and the best repellents are… Read More

Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)

air b n b sign

Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms, mostly from Florida… Read More

Wildlife of Florida: A Webinar Series

a resting black racer snake on grass

Join UF/IFAS Extension Agents, Shannon Carnevale and Lara Milligan, for a series of webinars on Florida’s diverse wildlife.​ Wildlife of Florida: A Webinar Series will take place every Monday, April 20 – May 25, from 2PM – 3PM… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Happy Birthday to…Florida!

Coreopsis in bloom

Did you know that today, March 3, 2020, is Florida’s 175th birthday?  We know Florida is pretty special and a great way to celebrate, is to get outside and explore and appreciate all that Florida has to offer! … Read More

Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Field Demonstrations

Brazilian Peppertree

The UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center, the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County and partner agencies are hosting a series of field demonstration days throughout central and south Florida focusing on Brazilian peppertree biological control.  Topics addressed… Read More

Pre-Holiday Stress: A Remedy to Consider

bridge over natural Florida lake

December can be a time of busyness and stress. How easy it is to get totally “wrapped up” (so to speak) in holiday projects and plans! One of the best antidotes to pre-holiday stress is to spend a… Read More