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Tag: Wildlife

New research brings to light a novel threat to our native species

Giant invasive snakes: The problem with invasive species By now, we have all heard of the giant invasive snakes, such as the Burmese pythons now found in Everglades National Park. Like many animal species that become invasive, these… Read More

Report your atala butterflies here…

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a beautiful, somewhat 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… Read More

Polk County’s Invasive Amphibians (Webinar Opportunity)

Join UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads and Cuban treefrogs. Invasive species, like cane toads and Cuban treefrogs, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified geographic area, (b) were introduced by humans… Read More

A gentle plea for chaos in the garden

About 20 years ago I read a book by Sara Stein called A Gentle Plea for Chaos and it transformed the way I think about gardening.  In her book, she describes the way nature plants.  There are no lines,… Read More

Attracting Wildlife Can Beautify Your Yard

One of the easiest ways to attract wildlife is to plant flowers, shrubs and trees that birds and pollinators need for their species to survive. It’s easy to attract these beneficial guests to your yard or patio by… Read More