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Where is IFASBOOKS this week?

Wildlife & Invasive Species Education (WISE) Workshop

January 25 – 27

8:45 am – 5:00 pm

UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

7620 SR 471, Bushnell,  FL





Keep Monarchs Safe

Illustrated by Samm Wehman Epstein

Written by Kristin Rossetti and Jaret Daniels

Monarch butterflies are perhaps the most celebrated insects in the world. But without our protection, monarch populations can decline and their spectacular migrations could soon be a thing of the past.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can take to help monarchs, as outlined in this educational coloring book suitable for children and adults.

As you color in Samm Wehman Epstein’s charming illustrations, you’ll experience the monarch’s life cycle and seasonal migrations. You’ll also learn about the milkweeds and other host plants that serve as a food source for caterpillars. The book closes with a glossary and a checklist of ways you can help monarch populations thrive.

Perfect for classrooms, outdoor activities, or just relieving stress, Keep Monarchs Safe is a creative way to learn about this imperial species.

26 pp.



Florida-Friendly Plants for Retention Ponds

Rebecca Jordi

Florida has over 6,800 stormwater retention ponds, which are designed to control flooding and reduce water pollution. Unfortunately, the turfgrass embankments that surround most retention ponds aren’t effective at filtering out nutrients, and so they become a bane to the environment and eyesores for property managers.

However, the addition of Florida-friendly plants can transform retention ponds from algae-filled, stagnant pools to beautiful landscapes that filter out nutrients, enhance water quality and increase property values.

With vibrant photos and descriptions, this identification deck is a guide to 26 Florida native and Florida-friendly plants that are uniquely suited for retention ponds. It includes model plans and resources for creating beautiful and cost-effective landscapes.

Author Rebecca Jordi was an urban horticulturist and Nassau County Extension director who unfortunately passed away in 2020. We are grateful to realize her dream of sharing this primer for revitalizing Florida’s landscapes and natural resources.

68 pp.



Florida Youth Naturalist Program Instructor Field Guide

Shelly A. Johnson, Sarah T. Hensley, Megan T. Ellis

This innovative field guide contains the curriculum for the Florida Youth Naturalist Program, which is designed to teach youth ages 10-13 about Florida’s natural world.

The field guide leads instructors through 10 lessons and approximately 24 hours of learning, hands-on activities, and field trips. Following the journey of a single raindrop, students will experience the diverse wildlife and ecology of Florida’s upland, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems. Special features encourage youth to dig deeper, leave no trace, volunteer their services, and investigate careers in life sciences. For instructors, it also includes guidelines for field trips, supply lists, reference materials, and a glossary.

This richly illustrated guide is perfect for 4-H leaders and educators who are looking for an innovative approach that empowers youth to develop awareness, passion, and a sense of stewardship for Florida’s natural resources.

122 pp.


For more, visit http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu



Posted: January 24, 2022

Category: , EVENTS, NATURAL RESOURCES, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Communications
Tags: 4-H Youth Development, Butterflies, Retention Ponds, UF/IFAS Bookstore

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