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Strategies to Encourage Adoption of Stormwater Pond Best Management Practices (BMPs) by Homeowners

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September 18, 2015

Man-made ponds can be a useful way to collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff in residential areas. However, these ponds can become polluted when runoff contains fertilizers, pesticides, and pet waste from the neighborhood. This 8-page fact ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication Department, Emily Ott, Gail Hansen, Laura A. Warner, Michelle Atkinson, Ondine Wells, Paul Monaghan, Stormwater Ponds

Aucilla River Sinks Hike

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September 15, 2015

Registration to hike the Aucilla River Sinks with your Extension Natural Resource Agents is now open to participants in previous Panhandle Outdoors LIVE! field tours. We hope you will join us for this 4.5-mile interpretive hike through one of ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Recreation


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September 15, 2015

Did you know that Floridians throw away about eight pounds of garbage per person every day? That’s double the national average. Unfortunately, our trash wastes energy and materials. Waste also releases pollutants into the environment. While ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Management, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, Work & Life
Tags: Enviroshopping, Home Conservation, Home Management, Precycle, Recycle, Recycling, Sustainability, Sustainable Hot Topic, Sustainable Living
Figure 3. Morpho peleides Kollar feeding on decaying bananas in captivity.

Blue Morpho Butterfly Morpho peleides Kollar

September 11, 2015

The blue morpho butterfly, also known as the peleides blue morpho or common blue morpho, is a brightly colored butterfly abundant in tropical environments in Central and South America. It can be seen flying in open areas such as paths, trails, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources
Tags: #ufbugs, Butterflies, Entomology And Nematology Department, Family: Nymphalidae, Haleigh A. Ray, Jacqueline Y. Miller
Figure 1. Pillbug, Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille), rolled into a ball.

Pillbug, Roly-Poly, Woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille) (Malacostraca: Isopoda: Armadillidiidae)

September 11, 2015

The roly poly is an isopod, a type of non-insect arthropod also known as a terrestrial crustacean. It is called a roly-poly because it rolls into ball when disturbed. This defensive behavior also makes it look like a pill, which is why it is ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: #ufbugs, Crustacea, Entomology And Nematology Department, Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, Julie A. Franklin, Morgan A. Byron, Soil Arthropods
Credit: Dave & Les Jacobs

Sustainable Elementary School Tips

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September 8, 2015

As children return to school, parents may scramble to buy last-minute supplies, coordinate rides for their children, and manage grocery lists. While all of these tasks are important, parents should also consider ways their children can make ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Management, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, Work & Life
Tags: Back To School, Education And School, Sustainability, Sustainable Hot Topic, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Tips
Raised beds separate the spikey plants from the pathway.

A Manual for the Design and Implementation of Teaching and Demonstration Gardens

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September 8, 2015

Teaching and demonstration gardens are places where the public can learn about different types of gardens and landscapes. This 10-page fact sheet discusses the various types of gardens, how to plan and develop a demonstration garden, logistical ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Recreation
Tags: Demonstration Garden, Environmental Horticulture Department, Gail Hansen, Landscape Design

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