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Category: Invasive Species

Suspicious Seed Packets New Updates From FDACS

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has updated their recommendations for residents receiving suspicious seed packets by mail. Why is this a concern for Florida residents? The types of seed in the packages remains unknown… 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

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

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

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

Heartland CISMA’s 8th Annual Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop

close up of coral ardisia leaves.

As a partner in the Heartland CISMA, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County’s Natural Resources program is pleased to offer a CEU opportunity to those who are interested in invasive species management, mapping, and identification skills. Join us on April… Read More

Nonnative Lizards in Central Florida

Close up photo of a large green iguana

Plants and animals that live outside of their native ranges as a result of human activity are known as nonnative species. Although not all nonnative species become invasive, those that do have the ability to harm ecology, economy,… Read More

Staying Ahead of the Invasive Species Wave with EDRR Training

close up of coral ardisia leaves.

Even the best prevention efforts cannot stop all invasive species but Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a critical second defense against the establishment of new invasive species populations. EDRR increases the likelihood that localized invasive populations will… Read More