Category: Natural Resources

Q and A: I have heard that there is a type of mosquito that is an indicator for poor water quality. What are these mosquitoes called and do they exist in this area?

from C.R., Bonita Springs Answer: Blind mosquitoes, also known as aquatic midges, are mosquito-like insects often associated with poor water quality. Blind mosquito is a common name that may refer to various species of midges. One thing to… Read More

The Rafael Crespo Conservation Endowment

UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center The Rafael Crespo Conservation Endowment is a testament to the power of collaborative efforts. Established August 2016, the endowment honors Rafael Crespo Jr., who was the lead biologist for the University’s American Crocodile… Read More

Earth Day Celebration Suggestions: Consider Long-Term Impact of Celebration

Earth Day, held annually on April 22nd, creates a surge of interest in living “green” or in an environmentally friendly way. Below, I’ve shared some Earth Day celebration suggestions which help our local environment in the long-term. Stormwater Management for… Read More

Loving the Florida Master Naturalist Program in Manatee County

Joining the Master Naturalist Training Program in Florida is a wonderful experience for residents and visitors too.  The program introduces many facets of Florida ecology. You will learn about the fauna (wildlife and invasive species too) and the… Read More