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Nature Knowledge Webinar – June 17 – Seagrass and Scallops

Nature Knowledge is a speaker series sharing scientific knowledge on current issues affecting nature in Florida, supported by UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension and hosted by Dr. Shelly Johnson, State Specialized Extension Agent in Natural Resources. Below you will find registration links for this months program, and links to view recordings from all previous programs!

Upcoming webinars:

JUNE 2021 – Saving Florida’s Seagrass for Bay Scallops: On Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 3-4pm (ET), Dr. Savanna Barry, PhD, Regional Specialized Agent in Coastal Ecosystems, UF/IFAS Extension – Florida Sea Grant & Nature Coast Biological Station, will join us to discuss the importance of seagrass in supporting bay scallops in Florida. Did you know that bay scallops depend on seagrass to grow? Did you know that seagrass is one of the most threatened habitats on Earth? Scallop season begins in June/July – tune in to learn more about scallops and the seagrass that sustains them, as well as how you can do your part to save seagrass this summer. Register here in advance to receive Zoom link.

JULY 2021 – Nature as your Neighbor: Reducing Wildlife Conflicts in Florida Communities: On Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 3-4pm (ET), Catherine Hannan, Senior Wildlife Assistance Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will join us to discuss some of the common wildlife species with which we share the landscape in Florida and discuss ways to coexist with them. Viewing Florida’s many species of wildlife is often an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, but when wildlife become too comfortable in neighborhoods they can come into conflict with people. This presentation provides an overview of wildlife awareness and pet safety techniques, as well as ways to keep wildlife wild while enjoying your untamed neighbors from a distance. Register here in advance to receive Zoom link.

AUGUST 2021 – Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Florida: On Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 3-4pm (ET), Dr. Eva Buckner, PhD, Assistant Professor & State Extension Specialist, UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, will join us to discuss the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida. She will also give answers to frequently asked questions on the topic.  Registration link will be posted here.

SEPTEMBER 2021 – Topic TBA: September 16 from 3-4pm (ET) Programs occur each month on the 3rd Thursday at 3pm.

OCTOBER 2021 – Bats in Florida: On Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 3-4pm (ET), Dr. Shelly Johnson, PhD, State Specialized Agent in Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension and Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, will join us to discuss the importance of bats in Florida, dispel misconceptions and myths, and share how to help conserve these species. Registration link will be posted here.

NOVEMBER 2021 – Topic TBA: November 18 from 3-4pm (ET) Programs occur each month on the 3rd Thursday at 3pm.

DECEMBER 2021 – no program – Happy Holidays!

Programs occur each month on the 3rd Thursday at 3pm, so mark your calendar! Future webinars are in development for 2021; check back often for updates. If you would like to receive program updates via email please SUBSCRIBE to the NR-PROGRAMS-L (Natural Resource Extension Program Announcements) listserv.

Past webinar links to view online:

Climate Change: A Look at Impacts to Hurricane Season:  Libby Carnahan, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, Florida Sea Grant Agent & Climate Change Professional®, will join us to discuss how climate change is impacting to hurricane season. If you missed it, or want to review, recording will be available soon!

Florida Atala Butterflies Back From the Brink?  Ken Gioeli, M.Ag., Extension Agent IV/Natural Resources & Environment, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Lucie County, discussed the Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey). Learn about this mysterious butterfly and what can be done to protect them in Florida. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Coyotes in Florida: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Dr. Marty Main, Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, UF/IFAS, discussed the spread of coyotes in Florida and their potential positive and negative roles regarding environmental, economic, and human welfare impacts. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Managing Aquatic Plants in Public Water Bodies: Dr. James Leary, PhD, Assistant Professor, Agronomy Department, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, joined us to discuss mechanical harvesting as it relates to the broader demands of managing aquatic plants in public water bodies. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Florida Springs: Robert A. (Rob) Mattson, CEP, CSE, Sr. Environmental Scientist, St. Johns River Water Management District, discussed the CRISPS Project:  Science to Restore and Protect Florida Springs, a major research effort to better understand some of the changes that springs have undergone and how they may be reversed or mitigated. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Conserving Bird Habitat in Cities: Dr. Mark Hostetler, PhD, Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, IFAS, University of Florida, discussed creating and conserving bird habitat in our cities, and a new evaluation tool, called Building for Birds. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video online here!

Glyphosate: Dr. Stephen Enloe, PhD, 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! 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: Dr. Lisa Krimsky, PhD, 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: Dr. Emily Kraus, PhD, 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: 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:  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:  Dr. Lisa Krimsky, PhD, 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 Extension Agent (SSA) in Natural Resources with UF/IFAS Extension, hosts an expert each month to discuss a current environmental topic relevant to Florida’s natural resources.  If you have suggestions for future topics or speakers, please EMAIL. If you would like to receive program updates via email please SUBSCRIBE to the NR-PROGRAMS-L (Natural Resource Extension Program Announcements) listserv.