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Superheroes of the Natural World


March 5, 2021

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 If there were ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Community Science, Florida Master Naturalist Program, FMNP, Invasive Species, Living Shorelines, UF/IFAS Escambia Extension, UF/IFAS Nassau Extension

Living fossils saving lives


February 4, 2021

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

Category: Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Conservation, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Fishery, Horseshoe Crab, Human Health, Shorebird, Vaccine, Wildlife

A Demonstration Living Shoreline for Northeast Florida


July 30, 2020

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

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Fish Habitat, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Living Shorelines, Nassau County, Oyster Restoration, Sea Level Rise, Volunteering, Water Quality

Coastal Invaders: Mother of Millions


May 6, 2020

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

Category: Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Coastal Invasives, Invasive Species, Invasive Species Removal, Mother Of Millions, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Nassau Extension, Volunteer

Tumbleweed invading beach dunes


August 23, 2019

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

Category: Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Beach, Coastal Invader, Conservation, Invasive, Nassau County, National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Russian Thistle, Volunteer, Weed

Oyster Gardens, Coming to a Dock Near You


October 31, 2018

"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

Category: Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Conservation, Estuary, Living Shorelines, Oyster Gardening, Oysters, Volunteering, Water Quality

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