When Chapter 2019-155 passed in the Florida legislature in 2019, shockwaves throttled through the circles of Florida’s tree care professionals. Local government laws often afforded trees certain protections (i.e., typically requiring permits ... READ MORE
Some invasive plants can radically alter landscapes making them look like monocultures, alien, or even
relatively ugly. In South Florida, Brazilian pepper and old-world climbing fern come to mind. However, there are exceptions. The cat’s-claw ... READ MORE
As a UF/IFAS extension agent I, like all my extension colleagues, receive a lot of resources about the state of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, as someone who specializes in water resources, I couldn’t envision how COVID-19 would impact ... READ MORE
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen, but schools remain closed and social distancing recommendations stay in place, there is a need to find new and safe ways to keep kids learning, active, and at ease. Being outside in nature is a great ... READ MORE
By: Lisa Krimsky, Betty Staugler, Brittany Scharf, Krista Stump and Rebecca Burton
Florida’s lingering red tide has left many concerned residents with unanswered questions. Over the past 14 months since the bloom began off the coast of ... READ MORE
What’s that critter?
Many homeowners call the Extension service to hopefully get a vexing critter ID via phone with only a description. If it rings a distinct bell, such as “it’s flat little gray bag-like ... READ MORE
The gopher tortoise is a moderate-sized, terrestrial turtle, averaging 23–28 cm (9–11 in) in length. The species is identified by its stumpy, elephantine hind feet and flattened, shovel-like forelimbs adapted for digging. The ... READ MORE
By Samantha Grenrock
When it comes to urban planning, sometimes a bird in hand is not worth two in the bush. Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have created an online ... READ MORE
How do you react when you see a frog? Are you frightened and run away, fascinated and want to catch one, hungry and want to eat the legs, or disgusted and turn your head? Most frogs are quite important to the environment and to humans. However, ... READ MORE
If you hear a loud buzz coming from trees in the daytime, the noise is most likely caused by cicadas. These buzzing critters make their presence known by leaving their brown exoskeletons on tree trunks and shrubs.
Cicadas can be found throughout ... READ MORE