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Florida Master Naturalists Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike

The Florida Master Naturalist Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations continue in St. Lucie County with a permitted sea turtle night walk.  This event took place on July 13, 2021 and was hosted by Ecological Associates Inc of Jensen Beach. … Read More

Scrub Jays in St. Lucie County Preserves

Hikers trekking through St. Lucie County’s scrub might encounter an endemic species: the Florida scrub jay.  The St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department (ERD) maintains preserves with scrub habitat that I recommend hiking.  Sheraton Scrub is located at… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies

  The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant, Zamia integrifolia (a.k.a. coontie). These… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies

  Congratulations to the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their property.  Download the conservation commitment HERE.  This commitment is made possible by through participation in a program initiated by the… Read More

2021 Update on Sea Turtle Friendly Beaches in St Lucie County

  In St Lucie County, sea turtle nesting season is March 1 – November 15. The county enforces Sea Turtle Nesting Season lighting codes. The UF/IFAS St Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Program addresses sea turtle conservation and… Read More

What is an EPA Biological Evaluation?

What is an EPA Biological Evaluation? Any pesticide that is used in the U.S. must go through registration and evaluation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of the key things the EPA evaluates is the potential impact… Read More

In COVID-19 era, UF/IFAS research adapts

As Florida moved to “safer at home” measures, not all work could be put on pause. When it came to University of Florida research, many UF/IFAS projects could not wait. There are living plants, animals and insects to… Read More