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Category: Conservation

Hurricane Michael debris still litters Florida shorelines; $3 million will go toward clearing it

Northwest Florida counties hardest hit by Hurricane Michael are getting a boost to their marine debris removal efforts thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in partnership with the National Oceanic… Read More

Florida Sea Grant creates new coastal education materials for stay-at-home schooling

by Rhett Register GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Parents, students and teachers can access a wealth of free educational materials about the Florida environment during this time of widespread learning at home. The resources are part of Florida Sea Grant’s… Read More

Florida manatees: a winter vacation in the springs

As warmer weather arrives, manatees prepare to leave their winter shelter in the Florida springs. Learn why manatees spend winter in the springs and get tips to keep manatees safe with a UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant expert…. Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 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. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Reaching new heights: Setting cameras in trees gives glimpse at rare African species

When most people imagine a wildlife researcher, they probably picture someone trekking through nature and jotting down observations about the animals around them. While this kind of fieldwork is still done today, many researchers now study wildlife with… Read More

National Wildlife Refuge System recognizes UF alumnus for work on Nature Coast

A longtime partner of UF/IFAS has been named the National Wildlife Refuge System’s employee of the year for his dedication to environmental conservation on Florida’s Nature Coast. Vic Doig, who holds a UF bachelor’s degree in zoology, is… Read More

Scientists close in on explaining confounding predator-prey cycle

It’s a photo often found in biology textbooks: a snowshoe hare runs from a Canada lynx through a snowy Arctic clearing, a classic representation of predator versus prey. This snapshot in time also represents one of the biggest… Read More

Get in Touch with Nature on April 19: Join the BioBlitz at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Ever wonder what is in your surroundings? Ever get surprised by a bird you don’t recognize, an unfamiliar plant or how much wildlife exists in a small section of a park in your community?… Read More

UF launches new online graduate certificate program addressing nuisance plants

As a youngster growing up in Buffalo, New York, Mike Sowinski wanted to work with bald eagles. Through his college biology and fisheries management courses, he became interested in what the birds eat – fish. Sowinski established a… Read More

UF Beekeeper Program Now Available Online

Bee lovers can now start their journey to becoming Master Beekeepers through a new online training program from the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. “The number of people keeping bees in Florida increased about 500% since… Read More