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Florida Master Naturalists Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike

The Florida Master Naturalist Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations continue in St. Lucie County with a permitted sea turtle night walk.  This event took place on July 13, 2021 and was hosted by Ecological Associates Inc… Read More

The Atala Steppingstone Project

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Once thought extinct, the rare Florida atala butterfly was rediscovered and can thrive with a little help from Florida residents. The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, the Manatee Observation and Education Center, Heathcote Botanical Gardens… Read More

2021 Updated UF/IFAS Hurricane and Disaster Information

Hurricane Preparedness

The UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery website offers resources to help Floridians prepare for and deal with natural disasters. From hurricanes to floods, tornados to thunderstorms, natural disasters can impact our lives with little notice…. Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

atala butterfly

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant,… Read More