An arbovirus...? What's that?
West Nile virus is one of many arboviruses in Florida. "Arbovirus" may sound like it must be related to the Latin word for tree: arbor. So it might seem like it should mean a virus that infects trees. In fact, ... READ MORE
Dusk. At Lake Alice, a crowd lines the sidewalk between a wooden fence and the road. Everyone gazes in anticipation at three houses on stilts. Has the sun sunk enough for the bats to emerge? Surely they will come soon.
To pass the time, a young ... READ MORE
This week is National Pollinator Week, which makes it a good time to learn about how birds, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators sustain our ecosystem!
What is a pollinator?
When some people hear “pollinator,” they immediately think ... READ MORE
June 5 is World Environment Day. This year, to celebrate, why not think about the wildlife environment of your own backyard—literally?
Recently, the article Landscaping Backyards for Wildlife: Top Ten Tips for Success was updated on AskIFAS. ... READ MORE
Florida's black bear is a unique species and a beloved part of natural Florida. But beekeepers know that bears and bees shouldn't mix. Hive-raiding bears can cause thousands of dollars of damage and eventually destroy an apiary. A new EDIS publication, ... READ MORE
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a man-made chemical widely used as a component in many products of daily use in households, such as plastic bottles and metallic canned foods. BPA can leach from bottles and cans into the environment, increasing our exposure ... READ MORE
Plastic, plastic everywhere! We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastic: from packaging materials and cutlery to plastic appliances and medical devices. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastic has been a boon to humanity and an integral ... READ MORE
Rabies is a virus carried by mammals. It kills infected humans and animals if they are not treated shortly after exposure. Rabies can be prevented, but it cannot be cured once symptoms become evident. This 6-page fact sheet explains how rabies ... READ MORE
This 19 fact sheet curriculum series provides a series of individual lessons covering manatee biology and ecology, as well as highlighting some of the ways that humans impact and can protect manatees. The curriculum has been written at a third ... READ MORE
The omnivorous coyote is a relative newcomer to Florida that plays an important role in ecosystems and food webs. Of particular importance and possible benefit may be their potential ability to control populations of pest species such as some ... READ MORE