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A collection of 3 images of a tortoise, a softshell turtle sticking its long neck out, and a cooter freshwater turtle eating floating aquatic vegetation.

Wild Sarasota: Turtle Talk

May 17, 2024

Have you ever wondered what makes a turtle different from a tortoise? These fascinating creatures are often confused due to their similar appearances. Read on to learn how to distinguish between the two, and to understand how you can help protect ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Natural Resources, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Animals, Conservation, Environment, Gopher Tortoise, Nature, Pgm_EcoNR, Turtles, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife
Oak leafroller caterpillar on plant

Springtime Caterpillars

March 21, 2024

It's officially spring, and almost like clockwork, several seasonal caterpillars have begun to emerge from our trees...and may have found their way onto our walls, benches, and well, just about everywhere. While their presence may be a nuisance ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Caterpillar, Echo Moth, Inchworm, Integrated Pest Management, Leafroller, Management, Pest, Pgm_Chemicals, Spring, Tussock
A banner photo of two people kayaking through a mangrove tunnel reads Sarasota County Natural Areas Story Map, with the UF/IFAS Extension and Sarasota County logos on either side.

Sarasota County’s Natural Areas Story Map Brings Nature to You

December 14, 2023

Living on the Suncoast offers us a wide variety of opportunities to play outdoors and enjoy the true natural beauty of Florida’s unique ecosystems and habitats. From world class beaches to beautiful natural area preserves that host fascinating ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Accessibility, Environment, Hike, Naturalareasstorymap, Nature, Outside, Pgm_EcoNR, Story Map, Storymap, Virtualexperience, Wildlife

Let’s go on a TreeQuest!

January 11, 2022

Each year, on the third Friday in January, Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension & Sustainability Dept. celebrates Florida’s State Arbor Day. Since 2018, the County's urban forestry Extension program Treejuvenation Florida, has marked the ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Horticulture, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Arbor Day, Community, Pgm_HortComm, Tree Quest, Treejuvenation, TreeQuest, Trees, Urban Forestry
Mangrove salt marsh snake

26 de Julio: Día Internacional para la Conservación del Ecosistema de Manglares

July 26, 2021

Hoy es el Día Internacional para la Conservación del Ecosistema de Manglares. Adoptado por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO en 2015 y celebrado cada año el 26 de julio, este día tiene como objetivo crear conciencia sobre la importancia ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Forests, Natural Resources, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Espanol, Mangrove, Mangrove Ecosystems, Marine, Pgm_Marine, Spanish

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