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Category: Wildlife

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

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

Home Gardeners Continue to Seek Advice on EDIS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Only one new title joined this year’s top-10 UF/IFAS Extension EDIS publications, and like five others making the list, it appeals to horticulture interests. In all, the Electronic Data Information Source saw 4.6 million visits… Read More

Fishing Guides Can Now Be Certified as Environmentally Friendly

Fishing is big business in Florida, contributing several billion dollars each year to the state’s economy. Fishing guides are an important part of that industry, providing locals and tourists with authentic Florida fishing experiences. Anglers who want to… Read More

Growing Batty: UF/IFAS Researchers Discover That Rare Bats Pollinate Durian Trees

Every October, creatures of the night await their once-a-year opportunity to go forth and feast upon sweet treats offered abundantly throughout the neighborhood. A typical Halloween in Florida? An event celebrating Bat Week, observed internationally Oct. 24-31? Not… Read More

UF Student Wins Scholarship to Find Solutions to Seagrass Loss

Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, Florida, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass. Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College… Read More