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Category: Conservation

Q and A: I am concerned about mistaking the Florida Bobcat for the Florida Panther. Could you enlighten your readers?

from J.C., via eMail Answer: The bobcat (Felis rufus) is found from southern Canada, throughout the United States, and to the higher elevations of southeastern Mexico. In Florida, the bobcat occurs statewide. A solitary, mostly nocturnal creature, the bobcat… Read More

Q and A: I have a black bear that is foraging near my remote home and would like to know if there is anything I can do to prevent it from traveling onto I-75 which runs behind my property?

blackbear

from M.B., Naples Answer: The Florida Black Bear has long been of interest to people. This subspecies of the more northern-ranging black bear (Ursus americanus) is only found in our state. Most people are familiar with bears (i.e…. Read More

Q and A: As northern bird watchers, we are wondering what avian activities are prevalent this time of year?

barred owl

from V.B., Bonita Springs Answer: Throughout Florida, this is a great time to be bird watching. This is the best time of year for watching waterfowl on wetlands, lakes and prairies. Snail Kites are gathering in South Florida to… Read More

Q and A: My neighbors have bird feeders that attract crows, blackbirds, and starlings. These birds are loud and messy and I was wondering if someone would tell these folks that they are creating a nuisance. Why buy feed for these garbage eaters?

crow bird feeder

from J.P., Fort Myers Answer: There is a delicate balance between nature and development, just as there is a delicate balance that must be reached between neighbors. I am not the person to tell a homeowner what to… Read More

Q and A: I have recently moved here and have mockingbirds tormenting my family and our pets. What should I do?

bird nest

from D.T., Bonita Springs Answer: “The Birds”, a Hitchcock horror film from yesteryear or a modern day nightmare. It seems that residents throughout the county are having the same problem so you are not alone. Although bird attacks are… Read More

Q and A: We have bats that have lived in our house for years, but they are now coming inside. What can we do?

bat

from W.M., Lehigh Acres Answer: There are 17 species of bats found in Florida. Bats generally live near water and roost in dark areas during the day. Bats are an essential link in the balance of nature. Bats… Read More

Q and A: I think I saw a bald eagle flying over US41 in Bonita Springs. Is this possible?

Bald Eagle UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham.

from J.P., new transplant in Bonita Answer: Southwest Florida is home to many bald eagles. However, the bald eagles in the area (the Southern Bald Eagle) are much smaller than northern eagles. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Read More

Q and A: I have a piece of property with a retention pond in the front and several small wetlands in the back. I am interested in planting around these water bodies, but am unsure about where to start.

aquascaping

from Dr. M., in Fort Myers Answer: The aesthetic and wildlife habitat value of ponds and retention areas can be greatly enhanced by establishing and managing desirable plants. Aquascaping is the planting of aquatic and wetland plants in… Read More