Loss of biodiversity is one of the major threats to the world. Pollen nectar provides food for insects, which helps to pollinate our food crops, eat pests, and provide food for other wildlife. You can be part of the solution ... READ MORE
Giant Milkweed aka Crown Flower
Giant Milkweed is also known as Crown Flower and scientifically known as Calotropis gigantea. It is native to Asia and tropical Africa. It is a perennial shrub that grows in tropical and subtropical areas to ... READ MORE
2020: a year of a global pestilence, a record number of Atlantic basin tropical systems, global wildfires, suspicious Chinese seed packages, and toilet paper shortages. Enter, the “MURDER HORNET” – an invasive hymenoptera with a painfully ... READ MORE
As our state continues to grow, wildlife is experiencing habitat loss due to development. In Florida, urban areas are a dominant feature in the landscape, and many of these urban areas are situated near natural wildlife preserves. What people ... READ MORE
While we are honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military this Memorial Day weekend, don't forget that May is also the American Wetlands Month.
What is American Wetlands Month?
American Wetlands Month was founded ... READ MORE
Monarchs are big, showy orange butterflies. Seeing one skip through your garden inevitably brings a smile to both young and old. How can we lure these beauties to our back yard where we can enjoy the lift they bring to our days? Planting butterfly-attracting ... READ MORE
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
Actively scouting for insect pests in the garden may keep other wildlife out of the garden such as the Mockingbird that recently laid eggs in the top section of a vertical hydroponic system currently growing green beans. Within a week, the four ... READ MORE
When was the last time you saw a native green anole? This fine specimen was climbing in the branches of a Crape Myrtle at the Exploration Gardens. The Cuban Brown Anole has taken over much of the food and habitat that once belonged to our native ... READ MORE
Vultures are seen along many roadways feeding on dead animals as seen here at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. They play an important role in the environment. This clean up may prevent the spread of diseases. For more information ... READ MORE