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NATA holds second 100% virtual S-131 training last week

People on Zoom

The Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA) held another successful 100% virtual S-131 training last week. Participants represented many different agencies and organizations, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Park Service, North Carolina Parks, the U.S…. Read More

Pest Management in Deer Farming: First Steps Toward Best Practices

Deer on farms may be kept in pens (left) or free roaming (right). Penned deer are typically high-value animals that are used for breeding, whereas free-roaming deer are more often used to provide hunting opportunities. (Photos courtesy of… Read More

Planning a Field Season in a Pandemic

Carrie De Jesus is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Samantha Wisely’s lab. For part of Carrie’s dissertation, she is studying how native reptiles in Florida play a role in the eco-epidemiology of Lyme disease. In Florida, lizards are… Read More

Modeling the Spread of Ticks—And the Diseases They Carry

Tick populations are on the move in the U.S. The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) is expanding its range westward into the Great Plains. Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis), American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), and Gulf Coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum) are migrating… Read More

New Online FMNP Courses Available

If you are interested in taking Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) courses, you still can – FMNP courses are being offered online. Unless otherwise noted, the online courses will still include field trips and/or in-person activities, but these… Read More

Florida Master Naturalist Program Online – Coastal Shoreline Restoration

We are excited to announce that the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is offering online courses. The first offering, Coastal Shoreline Restoration (CSR), is scheduled for April 28 through May 12 and is open for registration (https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/CR20-06Live%20ONLINE%20via%20Zoom.html). This… Read More

NATA opens registration for first-ever 100% virtual Managing Visitors and Volunteers workshop

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA) will be offering one of its core workshops, Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas, in a 100% virtual format this year! The University of Florida directive to… 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