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Nature Knowledge Webinar

Nature Knowledge is a new speaker series developed to share knowledge on current issues affecting nature in Florida. Dr. Shelly Johnson, State Specialized Agent in Natural Resources with UF/IFAS Extension, hosts an expert each month to discuss an environmental topic relevant to Florida’s natural resources.

Upcoming webinars:

NOVEMBER 2020 – Conserving Bird Habitat in Cities: On Thursday, November 19th from 3-4pm, Dr. Mark Hostetler, Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, IFAS, University of Florida, will join us to discuss creating and conserving bird habitat in our cities.  What are the impacts of different landscape and development designs on birds? A new evaluation tool called Building for Birds provides decision makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for species of forest birds during breeding and migration seasons. Register here!

DECEMBER 2020 – No program

JANUARY 2021 – Florida Springs: On Thursday, January 21st from 3-4pm, Robert A. Mattson, Environmental Scientist V, Bureau of Water Resources, St. Johns River Water Management District, will join us to discuss research efforts to evaluate conservation and restoration needs at Florida springs. Registration link will be posted here.

FEBRUARY 2021 – Managing Aquatic Plants in Public Water Bodies: On Thursday, February 18th from 3-4pm, Dr. James Leary, Assistant Professor, Agronomy Department, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, will join us to discuss mechanical harvesting as it relates to the broader demands of managing aquatic plants in public water bodies. Registration link will be posted here.

MARCH 2021 – Future webinars are in development for 2021; please check back often for updates! If there is a speaker or topic you’d like to learn more about, please contact Dr. Johnson.

Past webinars:

Glyphosate: On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Dr. Stephen Enloe, Associate Professor at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP) discussed the current status of glyphosate for weed management in Florida, the controversy surrounding banning its use, and alternatives to weed management.  If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Fire in Florida: Biodiversity Through Pyrodiversity! On September 17, 2020, Zachary Prusak, Florida Fire Manager, The Nature Conservancy discussed the important role of fire in Florida ecosystems.  If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Florida Red Tide: On August 20, 2020, Dr. Lisa Krimsky, UF/IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant, Water Resources Regional Specialized Agent, discussed Florida’s red tides. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Biocontrol Agents: On July 16, 2020, Dr. Emily Kraus, Biological Scientist IV at The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, discussed the role of biological pest control as a valuable tool in an integrated pest management program when implemented correctly.  If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Florida Friendly Landscaping: On June 18, 2020, Tina McIntyre, UF/IFAS Extension Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Agent in Seminole County joined us to discuss how FFL conserves and protects our most precious natural resources.  If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Invasive Giant Asian hornet and Florida bees:  On May 21, 2020, experts from the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology joined us to discuss the invasive giant Asian hornet (Amy Vu), types of native bees and potential threats (Dr. Rachel Mallinger), and invasive species management (Dr. James Cuda).  If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Cyanobacteria Blooms:  On April 9, 2020, Dr. Lisa Krimsky, UF/IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant, Water Resources Regional Specialized Agent, joined us to discuss Cyanobacteria Blooms in Florida. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Contact: Dr. Shelly Johnson, State Specialized Agent, Natural Resources, IFAS Extension, University of Florida, shelly.johnson@ufl.edu