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Category: Wildlife

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling plant introduced to… Read More

Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

A margay in Belize. Getty Images

Above: A margay, a type of small wild cat found in the rainforests of Belize. Getty Images If a poacher shoots a deer in the forest and no one sees it, did it really happen? That is not so… Read More

UF researchers ask, ‘What if oncologists thought like ecologists?’

Fire ants

Above: Like ants in a colony, cancer cells must communicate with each other to survive. Getty Images What do wildlife and cancer cells have in common? Quite a lot, argues a new article authored by University of Florida… Read More

Coming Soon: Nature Coast Currents

Starting September 17, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station will host several live virtual events showcasing the latest scientific research and projects happening on the Nature Coast. These events are free and open to the public  Registrants will… Read More

New UF/IFAS rangeland ecologist hopes to protect cattle from predators

ONA, Fla. — Hance Ellington grew up in rural Kentucky, where he and his friends caught crawfish. He loved the outdoors. Later, as an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, he went on a three-month study-abroad program… Read More

St. Lucie atala butterfly conservation program awarded national designation

St. LUCIE, Fla. – Despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting the use of parks and natural settings, residents of all ages can still enjoy what nature has to offer in almost every urban location including one’s own backyard. That is… Read More

Bat benefits outweigh their viral risk if we do our part

From Hollywood movies to Halloween celebrations, bats have a reputation as spooky, vile creatures to be avoided. The novel coronavirus has deepened the disdain and fear some people hold toward bats around the world. Although bats are associated… Read More