Groundwater resources in Florida face high demand for consumption, agricultural and industrial needs. Taking advantage of Florida’s seasonal rainfall can reduce pressure on groundwater for non-potable uses during drier seasons. For the homeowner, harvesting rainwater reduces your water… Read More
Category: Natural Resources
From hatching alligators to baby foxes leaving their dens, July has a variety of wildlife happenings. More…
Have you ever wondered how you would react if a shark swam by or even attacked you while you took a swim at the beach? Although you have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning or injured in… Read More
Q: I don’t see the small green lizards here anymore. I used to see them all the time when I moved here ten years ago. They seem to have been replaced by a brown variety. What happened?
A: Most likely what you are now seeing is the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei. Apparently this lizard was first detected in 1887 in the Florida Keys but has become fully established within the last 10 years. An… Read More
Q: What kind of caterpillar is this? It looks similar to a monarch butterfly caterpillar but I know it is not.
A: Thank you for bringing in the caterpillar on a leafy twig so it has something to eat. The caterpillar is the larval stage of the black swallowtail butterfly. The colors on both caterpillars are white, yellow and… Read More
A: Since we were both standing outside and looking at the butterfly visiting the blackberry flowers at the Yulee Fruit Demonstration garden, it was easy to identify. The butterfly is called an American Painted Lady or American Lady,… Read More
With hurricane season underway, now is the prefect time to become prepared and create a plan in the event of a hurricane. While many families grasp the monstrous effects a hurricane causes, they may be ill-prepared. Review the… Read More
Local residents know that millions of visitors flock to Florida to visit its beaches, theme parks, and other attractions each year. But many locals don’t know there are fun activities close to home. Agritainment—a variation of agritourism—attracts local… Read More
Instead of buying produce from far-away farms, buy locally to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and boost the local economy. While the typical supermarket produce can travel up to 2,000 miles, locally grown harvest only travels about 50… Read More
Environmental sustainability means finding ways to reduce consumption by using renewable resources and reusing or repurposing objects. These values can fit in line with holiday celebrations, making it a time of sustaining traditions and helping the environment. Here… Read More