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Category: Wildlife

THE SABAL PALM – Our Tree of Life

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR LIVING Our native sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is a treasure.  It has been used by the Native Americans for centuries to provide food, shelter and other useful items.  It is considered a “Tree… Read More

Global team of wildlife researchers furthers study of elusive, tree-dwelling animals

Camera traps have long been used to document animals in their natural environment. More recently, scientists have explored putting these traps up in trees where they can capture animals that live in the canopy. A team of 18… Read More

Downtown Orlando garden receives a Florida-Friendly makeover

On Wednesday, the downtown garden at the Orange County Administration building received a makeover. The new installment includes more than 17 species of native plants that will boost pollinator visits to the site and increase biodiversity. “The garden… Read More

Plastics and Earth’s Ocean: Part 2

That plastic bottle that you saw floating ashore will eventually enter our food chain. This is Part 2 of a blog series covering plastic pollution in Earth’s oceans.  Read Part 1 here. Impacts on climate change  Oil, gas,… Read More

A Boost for Hernando County’s Scallop Season

Over the last year, a team of volunteers worked hard to help give the bay scallop population off Hernando’s coast a much-needed boost. These volunteers go by the name of “Scallop Sitters.” Their efforts have not gone unnoticed… Read More

Plastics and Earth’s Ocean: Part 1

Planet Earth’s Ocean has got 5 trillion problems and it’s all plastic.  What is plastic From the Greek πλαστικος (plastikos), the term “plastics” literally means “fit for molding”. Plastic derives from cellulose and fossil fuel-based chemicals, like natural gas or… Read More

26 de Julio: Día Internacional para la Conservación del Ecosistema de Manglares

Hoy es el Día Internacional para la Conservación del Ecosistema de Manglares. Adoptado por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO en 2015 y celebrado cada año el 26 de julio, este día tiene como objetivo crear conciencia sobre… Read More

Searching for (and finding!) fireflies… right here in Pasco County!

^ Watch the video above to see real live fireflies blinking just a few nights ago in Pasco County – (filmed 7/18/21). Yes – we do have fireflies here in Florida! (Trivia fact – At least 56 species… Read More

Citizen science projects make a difference for wildlife, study finds

When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant scientists used the horseshoe crab citizen science project, Florida Horseshoe Crab… Read More