We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here.
By Justina Dacey and Rick O’Connor
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The COVID-19 vaccine has slowly rolled out to states across the country. Behind the scenes an ancient marine creature with ten eyes, twelve legs and magical, milky blue blood is being utilized worldwide for testing vaccines and sterility of ... READ MORE
As Florida braces for more storms and hurricanes battering our coasts, "living shorelines" are a term you might begin to hear more. They are a method utilized to protect and stabilize shorelines from erosion using natural materials such as oyster ... READ MORE
Among the sandy dunes of northeast Florida, there’s a plant quietly replicating itself. It outcompetes our native beach species slowly altering the ecology. Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtonii) or sometimes called Chandelier plant, ... READ MORE
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
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When I hear the word tumbleweed, an image of a dry brittle plant tumbling across a barren road of an arid desert scene pops into my head. Not the image of a prickly plant patching across the beaches of Florida. The tumbleweed iconic to the West ... READ MORE
You may have paddled past a turtle sunning itself on a rock along a Florida river or witnessed a gopher tortoise crossing a backcountry road. We appreciate them in their natural habitats today, but what many don’t realize is that these reptiles ... READ MORE
"It was a bold man who first ate an oyster," said writer and satirist Jonathan Swift. Historically in many parts of Florida, oysters were once harvested and consumed, but today those areas are few and far between. The compounding issues of degrading ... READ MORE
A: Reeds, sedges and rushes are not my strength but your photo of the seed head made it easier to identify. I am glad you did not pick any of the plants as these should be left alone. One never knows if these plants are protected. Not to mention ... READ MORE
The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is the only turtle in the world believed to live exclusively in brackish water. It is found in tidal marshes on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts from Massachusetts to Texas. The diamondback terrapin ... READ MORE