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Category: Natural Resources

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

Florida’s Burrowing Owl

A burrowing owl looks at the photographer

The burrowing owl, Athene cunicularia, is quite the character in Florida’s landscape. This compact bird of prey is Florida’s only ground-nesting owl species. Burrowing Owl Identification Burrowing owls are easily identified by their long legs and by their habit of… Read More

Staying Ahead of the Invasive Species Wave with EDRR Training

close up of coral ardisia leaves.

Even the best prevention efforts cannot stop all invasive species but Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a critical second defense against the establishment of new invasive species populations. EDRR increases the likelihood that localized invasive populations will… Read More