Category: Wildlife

Prepping our next horseshoe crab citizen science effort

horseshoe crabs

  Enthusiasm is high for citizen science projects in our area, as we’ve seen with the success of our Sarasota County Horseshoe Crab Watch Program. Participants eagerly have waded in (sometimes literally) on efforts to gather more information… Read More

Citizen science opportunity closing quickly… don’t miss it

horseshoe crabs

Did you know that horseshoe crabs have been around for at least 445 million years? Fossil records from prehistoric horseshoe crabs look very similar to existing horseshoe crabs, with not much change. And, that is why some people… Read More

Amber’s Adventures: The story of a summer internship

Intern Amber helps with pond study

By AMBER LOPATINE Intern, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Hi! I’m Amber, and I recently completed my summer internship experience with Sarasota County. Keep reading to learn about my summer adventures in Sustainability and Natural Resources. I have always… Read More

Saving our feathered friends from window collisions

Have you ever heard that sickening thud as a bird hits your house or office window? Environment Canada ranked window collisions as the second-highest direct human cause of bird deaths in Canada, behind only habitat loss. They estimated that… Read More

For the love of bugs!

“It’s a buggy world” is a sentiment that definitely rings true here in the sunshine state. With a conservative estimate of over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, there seems to be six-legged critters everywhere you look. Have… Read More

Volunteers needed for horseshoe crab project

Often, when I meet people, they ask me. “What do you do?” When I tell them I’m a marine biologist, I get replies like, “Cool, I always wanted to be a marine biologist” or “I wish I could… Read More

Just hanging around

If you walk around your house you may notice small brown spindle-shaped objects attached to walls, fence posts, or just about anything stationary with a vertical surface. They look like mini scrap-piles of dried grass, twig and bark…. Read More

We all contribute to nitrogen pollution

dead fish on beach due to red tide

NOTE: This is the first post in a series devoted to what you can do to reduce the duration of the next harmful algal bloom. As we endure a terrible red tide outbreak on our coast, coupled with blue-green algae… Read More