There are 46 species of snakes in Florida and only 6 of them are venomous. These creatures play an important role in our Florida ecosystems. One described even eats venomous snakes and is a federally protected threatened species. Read on to ... READ MORE
The natural resources programs from UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas and Polk Counties are pleased to announce that the Wildlife Wednesday Webinar series for 2018 will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, June – November, 2018. The webinars ... READ MORE
American white pelicans are one of the largest birds in North America with wingspans up to 9.5 feet across, or in other words, a wingspan that can reach from your floor to your ceiling (assuming you live in an average Florida home)!
Although ... READ MORE
by UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener, Celia Beamish
My favorite native tree is the native pine. Of course, there are several native pines, so a person with a bigger yard than mine could have a collection! Would that be cool or ... READ MORE
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, and human ... READ MORE
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 to ... READ MORE
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.
Q.1. We ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
The natural resources programs from UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas and Polk Counties are pleased to announce that the Wildlife Wednesday Webinar series for 2017 will take place on Wednesdays June - November, 2017. The webinars are from 12:15 PM ... READ MORE
Florida black bears, Ursus americanus floridanus, currently inhabit 45% of their historic range but bear sightings are on the rise. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates there is currently a robust bear population ... READ MORE