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Category: Invasive Species

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

Air Potato Leaf Beetles Available to Florida Residents

air potato vine and tubers. UF/IFAS File Photo

UPDATE: UF/IFAS concluded their 5-yr air potato leaf beetle distribution Extension program in September 2019. To request beetles from Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, click: http://bit.ly/apbform You may recognize the long twining vines and glossy heart-shaped leaves of… 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

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