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Category: Wildlife

Citizen science projects make a difference for wildlife, study finds

When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant scientists used the horseshoe crab citizen science project,… Read More

Scalloping, be safe and protect wildlife: Tips from UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant experts

snorkeling mask, fins and scallops on a boat overlooking the water

As boaters across the state take to Florida’s coast to scallop, UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant agents ask enthusiasts to keep these tips in mind for a safe, fun and sustainable trip. Scallops are… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists help preserve Nature Coast, one sample at a time

This summer and fall, UF/IFAS scientists will collect data on water quality and seagrass in the recently created Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which includes waters off Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. These data will be… Read More

UF project hopes to ‘certify’ appropriate plants as wildlife-friendly

Increasingly, consumers want plants that support wildlife, such as pollinators. That’s why UF/IFAS researchers are combining hard and social sciences to ensure you get the “certifiably” wildlife-friendly plants you seek. That’s right: Six researchers across… Read More

Not acting like themselves: Antidepressants in environment alter crayfish behavior, study finds

Crayfish

Low levels of antidepressants are found in many water bodies, so animals like crayfish are often exposed to trace amounts of these drugs The researchers found that crayfish exposed to low levels of antidepressant medication… Read More

UF/IFAS study connects how health status of American Crocodiles is influenced by salinity levels in Florida Everglades

image - american crocodile hatchling

In Florida, the threatened American Crocodile plays an important role in the waterways and environment that we live in and enjoy. Among their attributes, their health, breeding and survival status tell us a lot about… Read More

Study: Hook designed to help fish survive catch and release shows promise

fish with hook in its mouth

Catch and release practices can help conserve fish populations but they do not guarantee the fish will survive, as handling and air exposure can have negative health impacts and cause mortality Scientists have developed a… Read More

Want to help insects? Create flower ‘billboards’ in your landscape, new research says

Blanketflower with bee. Photo credit: Geena Hill

Insect populations are declining. New research from University of Florida gives homeowners new guidance on how to maximize their landscape’s benefit to insects. Grouping flowering plant species together in a mass of color creates a… Read More

Them’s fighting birds: Study identifies other species’ influence on territorial aggression

Featured image above shows a tufted titmouse. Photo courtesy of Autumn Rose, Florida Museum of Natural History.   Bird aggression often occurs between birds of the same species. However, a new study found that birds… Read More

UF scientists help wildlife parks mobilize against poaching

Nyungwe National Park

Illegal poaching is a threat to wildlife conservation around the world. Park rangers can combat poaching, but they can be used more strategically. UF researchers have developed tools to help park managers use ranger patrols… Read More