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Category: Natural Resources

Illinois pondweed: A native aquatic plant we love to hate

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved oxygen levels… 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… 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… Read More