UF IFAS Extension Polk County Awarded Grant for Wildlife Habitat Project

We’re excited to share that the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership has awarded a Conservation Grant to Shannon Carnevale, our Natural Resources and Conservation Extension Agent. With this grant, we will launch the “Supplemental Wildlife Habitat in Urban Areas of Polk County” project.”

Urban settings often lack essential wildlife habitats. To address this, our project will share information about urban wildlife species with Polk County residents. We aim to showcase how certain species, like wood ducks, eastern screech owls, barred owls, and several of Florida’s bat species, thrive with supplemental wildlife habitat such as nest boxes and roosts. Supplemental habitat can be especially beneficial in urban areas lacking natural habitat.

Our approach is hands-on. Residents can join our hands-on workshops to learn, build a nest box, and get the tools they need to make a difference. Furthermore, we’re offering these workshops with no cost to participants, thanks to the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership’s generous grant.

Keep an eye out for workshop announcements. We’re planning events for January, February, and March 2024. Want to join us? We’ll post all the details on our County Extension Eventbrite Page: PolkCountyExtension.Eventbrite.com.

Together, let’s make Polk County a beacon for urban wildlife conservation!

UF IFAS Extension Polk County was awarded a Conservation Grant by the Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership for the project, "Supplemental Wildlife Habitat in Urban Areas of Polk County."


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Posted: October 10, 2023

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Living With Wildlife, Shannon Carnevale, Wildlife

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