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Category: Wildlife

Teenagers help out around the nest!

  Often teenagers get a bad reputation… sleeping in, laying around on the couch, spending too much time on technology. Not the teenagers of Florida scrub-jays! Florida scrub-jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) are cooperative breeders, meaning that the young from… Read More

Give the gift of nature, with a Master Naturalist class

For the outdoor adventurer, naturalist, environmental enthusiast, or educator, a Florida Master Naturalist class is the gift that keeps on giving. Each class, whether taken in Sarasota County or any location throughout Florida, is a one-of-a-kind experience of… Read More

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2

Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes. The insects discussed… Read More

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1

Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes. They can also cause aesthetic damage. To… Read More

Citizen science opportunity closing quickly… don’t miss it

horseshoe crabs

Did you know that horseshoe crabs have been around for at least 445 million years? Fossil records from prehistoric horseshoe crabs look very similar to existing horseshoe crabs, with not much change. And, that is why some people… Read More

Amber’s Adventures: The story of a summer internship

Intern Amber helps with pond study

By AMBER LOPATINE Intern, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Hi! I’m Amber, and I recently completed my summer internship experience with Sarasota County. Keep reading to learn about my summer adventures in Sustainability and Natural Resources. I have always… Read More

Saving our feathered friends from window collisions

Have you ever heard that sickening thud as a bird hits your house or office window? Environment Canada ranked window collisions as the second-highest direct human cause of bird deaths in Canada, behind only habitat loss. They estimated that… Read More