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Category: Natural Resources

Heartland CISMA’s 8th Annual Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop

close up of coral ardisia leaves.

As a partner in the Heartland CISMA, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County’s Natural Resources program is pleased to offer a CEU opportunity to those who are interested in invasive species management, mapping, and identification skills. Join us on April… Read More

Nonnative Lizards in Central Florida

Close up photo of a large green iguana

Plants and animals that live outside of their native ranges as a result of human activity are known as nonnative species. Although not all nonnative species become invasive, those that do have the ability to harm ecology, economy,… Read More

Lakewatch in Polk County: A Volunteer Water Program that needs YOUR help!

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Polk County and Florida LAKEWATCH are looking for volunteers for 22 Polk County Lakes! Lakewatch is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates “hands-on” citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers and coastal sites through… Read More

Aquatic Midges, also known as “Blind Mosquitoes”

Several adult individuals, Glyptotendipes paripes, one of the species commonly referred to as "Blind mosquitoes.

Blind mosquitoes are a type of freshwater midge. This particular type of midge does not bite, suck blood, or carry diseases. However, blind mosquitoes can still be a nuisance and their populations are often extremely difficult to manage…. Read More

Hurricane Recovery: Wind-Resistant Trees for Home, Business, and Park Landscaping

Palm trees blowing in the wind

Urban forests are the trees that surround our homes, streets, parking lots, schools, and parks. Urban forests can be used to help mitigate the negative effects caused by urbanization and development. While urban forests have many benefits, some… Read More

Commonly Confused Ducks in Central Florida

Three black belly whistling ducks walking near water

Florida is home to a variety of both non-migratory and migratory ducks. Some of the most common species of ducks found in central Florida are mallard ducks, Florida mottled ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks and wood ducks. Keep reading… Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about Owls in Florida

Close up of a great horned owl in a tree

This blog post is a collection of questions that Lara Milligan and myself (Shannon Carnevale) have received about owls common to Florida. These answers may be updated over time, but will be linked to more information where relevant…. Read More