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Worried about the summer slide? UF/IFAS experts share options to fuel young minds

June 17, 2024

A well-deserved vacation from instruction and exams doesn’t have to come with the summer slide -- that time when summer learning loss can occur, according to the U.S. Department of Education. There are plenty of ways to engage kids ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers, Conservation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife
Tags: Ask IFAS, Citizen Science, Clover, Florida 4-H, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Inaturalist, News, Summer Slide, UF IFAS Extension, UF-IFAS, Workforce Development

How to Maintain Atala Butterflies in Your Garden Year-Round, Fourth Blog

June 17, 2024

In-A-Pinch Preventative Measures Transfer and Retransfer: A great help to the coonties during the Atalas’ peak munching period is to transfer the bigger caterpillars from the newer growth to older leaves or to a bigger plant that is better ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Florida, Florida Friendly Landscape, Homestead, Miami-Dade, South Florida, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension, Wildlife
Bee on plant

Celebrate Pollinator Week – June 17-23, 2024

June 17, 2024

Blog post written by Mandy Baily Celebrate Nature’s Wings and Petals!  What do insect wings and flower petals have in common? Both come in an astounding array of colors. Insects and flowers are integral pieces of the natural puzzle that ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Brevard County, Environment, Florida Sea Grant, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Wildlife
Florida black bear

UF expert shares safety tips as campus bear remains at large

June 14, 2024

As officials continued to patrol parts of the University of Florida campus where they last spotted a bear Thursday evening, a wildlife ecologist offered advice about staying safe in the event of a bear encounter. (more…) READ MORE

Category: Conservation, UF/IFAS, Wildlife
Tags: Bear, Department Of Wildlife Ecology And Conservation, Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Kristen Grace, Lake Alice, Lake Alice Conservation Area, Latrell Simmons, Mark Hostetler, Megan Winslow, Mowry Road, Ocala National Forest, San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, UF-IFAS, UFPD, University Of Florida, University Of Florida Police Department, Wildlife, Wildlife Ecology

Florida Land Steward Update, June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

GET YOUR FARM RECORDS COMPLETED NOW TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR USDA HURRICANE RECOVERY ASSISTANCE Storm season is here. As a part of your hurricane preparation activities, you should have your farm records completed with USDA Farm Service ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Forests, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Awards, Family Forest, Florida Land Steward Program, Forest Health, Forest Management, Forestry, Hurricane Preparation, Hurricane Recovery, Hurricane Season, Longleaf Pine, Natural Resources, ProForest, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Tree Farm
Brown Basilisk

Agama and Basilisk Photos at Gordy Road Preserve

June 13, 2024

Some nonnative reptile species found in Florida are fast and flee quickly from people with cameras.  Its recommended that nonnative reptiles be reported using ivegot1 or Eddmaps.  Capturing photos and videos can be tricky and often need telephoto ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Agama, Basilisk, Gioeli, Gordy, Rain, Reptile, St. Lucie, St. Lucie County
Scallop sorter

UF, Florida Sea Grant offer free tool as scallop season starts

June 13, 2024

Florida’s recreational scalloping season begins Saturday with shores off Dixie County and part of Taylor County opening for harvest and those along other Gulf Coast counties soon to follow. (more…) READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Recreation, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Bay Scallops, Conservation, Diving, Ecosystems Sustainability, Florida Sea Grant, Gulf Coast, IFAS, Institute Of Food And Agricultural Sciences, Megan Winslow, Scallop, Scallop Sorter, Scalloping, Snorkeling…, Steinhatchee, Sustainability, UF-IFAS, University Of Florida, Victor Blanco, Wildlife
A very close image of the face and tongue of an eastern diamond back rattlesnake. The tongue is black, shiny, and outstretched.

Wild Sarasota: Venomous Snakes Part 2

June 13, 2024

Snakes are an integral part of Florida's healthy, well-functioning ecosystems. They help balance populations of rodents and other small mammals, reptiles, insects, and amphibians. Some snakes even eat other snakes, as well as some of our ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Pgm_EcoNR, Snake Bites, Snake Encounters, Snake Safety, Snakes, Urban Wildlife, Venomous Snakes, Venomous Snakes SRQ, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife

Panama Berry Tree: Muntingia calabura

June 11, 2024

The panama berry tree (Muntingia calabura) goes by many names such as strawberry tree, jam fruit tree, and cotton candy berry. The Panama berry is a tropical fruit tree with a strawberry looking flower and sweet edible fruits that taste like ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Edible Landscape, Fruit, Mutingia, Panama Berry Tree, Shrub, Strawberry Tree, Tree, Tropical, Tsilvasy

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