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Category: Conservation

Go a little “greener” this year, consider a Florida native Christmas Tree

If you’ve been looking for ways to make your holiday celebrations just a little more eco-friendly, consider getting a native Florida sand pine, locally-grown this Christmas! You can cut down your very own Florida native Christmas tree from the… Read More

Volunteers engage in a “BioBlitz” at Se7en Wetlands Park!

Live oak photograph

Approximately 12 volunteers and 10 community partners joined together at Se7en Wetlands Park to inventory the area’s plants, insects, and wildlife on Thursday, November 15, 2018 during the park’s first ever BioBlitz event. Participants used the iNaturalist app to… Read More

Beeswax Food Wrapper “Make & Take” with Film Screening

Close-up photo of microplastic pieces with two fingers for scale.

In celebration of Microplastics Awareness Month (September), UF/IFAS Extension Polk County’s Natural Resources program is excited to announce a new event with DIY Beeswax Food Wrappers! Join us for a film screening of “Smog of the Sea” and… Read More

Lakewatch in Polk County: A Volunteer Water Program that needs YOUR help!

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Polk County and Florida LAKEWATCH are looking for volunteers for 22 Polk County Lakes! Lakewatch is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates “hands-on” citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers and coastal sites through… Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about Owls in Florida

Close up of a great horned owl in a tree

This blog post is a collection of questions that Lara Milligan and myself (Shannon Carnevale) have received about owls common to Florida. These answers may be updated over time, but will be linked to more information where relevant…. Read More

Florida’s Burrowing Owl

A burrowing owl in a field

The burrowing owl, Athene cunicularia, is quite the character in Florida’s landscape. This compact bird of prey is Florida’s only ground-nesting owl species. Burrowing Owl Identification Burrowing owls are easily identified by their long legs and by their habit of… Read More