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April 2024: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Events

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March 15, 2024

Unearth the Excitement: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Events Welcome to a season of discovery and community at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County! As we welcome the vibrant hues of spring, we’re excited to unveil a series of enthralling events ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Recreation
Tags: Central Florida, Florida Ecosystem, Polk County, Polkpesttraining, Vermicomposting
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Florida Black Bears, a New Episode from Naturally Florida

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November 27, 2023

Florida black bears have been in the news, frequently, this year! On today's episode, we chat about the Florida black bear's diet, behavior, and biology, and provide some tips for co-existing with our resident bears. New Episode from Naturally ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Lara Milligan, Living With Wildlife, Naturally Florida Podcast, Shannon Carnevale
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Florida Waters Stewardship Program (Polk County)

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August 5, 2023

Have you ever wondered about the intricate ways we interact with water? Water plays a crucial role in our daily lives, from the water we drink to the landscapes we admire. It shapes our environment, our culture, and our future. Typically, ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Conservation, Events, Natural Resources, Professional Development, Water
Tags: Ecosystem Services, Environmental Literacy, Florida, Lakes, Natural Resources, Polk County, Shannon Carnevale, Stormwater, Sustainable Living, Water

Ticks and Tickborne Illness in Florida, a new episode from Naturally Florida

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August 4, 2023

In this episode we explore the creepiest, crawliest, grossest of arachnids, ticks. And no, we don't feel bad calling them gross! Tick-borne illnesses can wreak havoc on people's lives and there is still so much we don't know about them. On ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Recreation
Tags: Lara Milligan, Naturally Florida Podcast, Shannon Carnevale, Ticks
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Bioblitzing: Leveraging Community Science Techniques for Land Management

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May 25, 2023

In this immersive two-day program, you will acquire the skills necessary to host a successful BioBlitz survey and utilize the collected data for effective land management. The course is designed for local land managers, biologists, non-profit ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Events, Invasive Species, Natural Resources
Tags: BioBlitz, Central Florida, CEU Opportunity, Citizen Science, Conservation, Florida Ecosystem, Invasive Species, Nature, Polk County, Shannon Carnevale
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New Episode from Naturally Florida – “Three Common Snakes in Residential Areas”

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May 24, 2023

On today’s episode, you’ll learn about three non-venomous snake species common to residential areas in Florida. Slithering into a neighborhood near you, these common snakes are found all over Florida. Learn more, on this episode of Naturally ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Central Florida, Commonly Confused, Florida, Lara Milligan, Living With Wildlife, Naturally Florida Podcast, Shannon Carnevale, Wildlife

New Episode from Naturally Florida – “When You Think of Pines, I hope You Think of Pinecones”

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April 17, 2023

We have all probably interacted with pinecones in some way, whether we collected them to start a bon fire, rolled them in peanut butter to create a bird feeder, or avoided them during pollen season. Pine trees produce pinecones, a unique ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources
Tags: Naturally Florida Podcast, Pine, Pine Cone, Pine Tree

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