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Reporting Sightings of Tagged Horseshoe Crabs in Hernando: A Citizen Science Opportunity


April 18, 2024

Since 2018, volunteers in Hernando have been diligently tagging horseshoe crabs as part of an ongoing statewide effort to study and conserve these fascinating creatures. Horseshoe crabs are known to come ashore during the new and full moons ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Conservation, Ecosystems, Wildlife

Fire from the Sky


April 11, 2024

The University of Florida recently hosted an intensive 4-day drone course for the Florida Forest Service, providing foresters with the essential aviation knowledge and hands-on drone operation skills. This initiative is revolutionizing how the ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Forests, Natural Resources, Professional Development, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Drones, Florida Forest Service, Florida Sea Grant, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

Taking the sponge plunge to enhance an important species in the Gulf


March 28, 2024

On a recent overcast day, University of Florida experts dove into the Gulf, hoping to increase sponge abundance in an area off Hernando Beach. It’s not a deep dive – about 10 feet. But the hard bottom is key: It’s where sponges live ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources
Tags: Brittany Scharf, Don Behringer, Enhancement, Hernando Beach, Hernando County, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Sponges, Tarpon Springs

M.A.T.E.S. on the Weeki Wachee


October 24, 2023

Manatees are unquestionably one of the most fascinating and gentle creatures to grace the warm waters of Florida. These herbivores, renowned for their slow, deliberate movements, play a vital role in preserving the health and balance of their ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Florida Sea Grant, Manatees, Save The Manatee Club, Weeki Wachee

7th Annual UF/IFAS Hernando County Coastal Cleanup


August 22, 2023

Gear up for the 7th Annual UF/IFAS Coastal Cleanup in Hernando County! Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check-in Location: 6340 Shoal Lind Blvd., Spring Hill Pre-registration: https://2023coastalcleanup.eventbrite.ca Each ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Events, Natural Resources, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife, WORK & LIFE
Tags: Coastal Cleanup, Florida Sea Grant, International Coastal Cleanup, Marine Debris, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

Catch a Tagged Snook?


November 18, 2022

The University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released 30 tagged snook in Pasco and Hernando counties. Each fish has an internal acoustic tag that communicates its unique ID onto a receiver and an external ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Florida Sea Grant, Snook, UFIFAS Tropical Aquaculture Lab

Food Wrappers for Thought


October 17, 2022

The 2022 Coastal Cleanup was a success! We had 266 volunteers of all ages remove debris from land and sea. Our trash sorting station not only logged the types and amounts of trash but also weighed the debris this year. We estimated that ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Coastal Cleanup, Florida Sea Grant, Marine Debris

Bugs, Drones, and Trees! Oh, My!


August 18, 2022

Introduced in the 1840s as an ornamental, the Brazilian peppertrees (Schinus terebinthifolia) are one of Florida's most widespread invaders. They are abundant throughout the south, central, and parts of northern Florida, spanning canals, coastal ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Biological Control, Brazilian Peppertree, Florida Sea Grant, Invasive Species, UF Bugs, UF Entomology, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

Registration Open for the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Systems Course


August 12, 2022

Through online classroom discussions, videos, presentations, and field trips, participants will learn about the ecology, wildlife, vegetation, and conservation issues of Florida’s coastal and marine environments. Students will explore ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Professional Development, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife, WORK & LIFE
Tags: Coastal Systems, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant

Land and Sea! 6th Annual Coastal Cleanup


August 12, 2022

It's that time of year again! SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Coastal Cleanup! Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County are teaming up with local businesses and the County government to host the 2022 International ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Coastal Cleanup, Florida Sea Grant, International Coastal Cleanup

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