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Category: Wildlife

Florida fishing guide certification, on the web

Fish caught

Florida, the fishing capital of the world, has one of the most lucrative fishing industries in the United States. This industry provides jobs to thousands of people in the Sunshine State and contributes billions of dollars each year… Read More

End of an internship, start of a career

Kassidy’s Internship Experience Hello! I am Kassidy House, the Natural Resources and Sustainability Communication and Outreach intern at UF IFAS Extension and Sustainability Sarasota County (It is a mouthful I know). This is a blog about my wonderful… Read More

Florida Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE: Grilled Mahi-Mahi Wrapped in Banana Leaves

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This month we start another season of Seafood at Your Fingertips LIVE, and I volunteered to start the season by preparing a Latin-American influenced dish – grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves. There are many reasons why I… Read More

Save turtles: stay low, long and shielded

Sea turtles are among the most fascinating reptiles in the world. Ecologically speaking, these air-breathing oceanic creatures are extremely successful—virtually unchanged for 120 million years—and have colonized every ocean, outside the poles. That doesn’t mean, however, they are… Read More

Explore Your World backpack: from neighborhood to nature

Introducing the Explore Your World backpack! The Explore Your World backpack kit is one of three backpacks designed by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in partnership with Sarasota County Libraries. It is designed to help explorers of all ages… Read More

New research brings to light a novel threat to our native species

Giant invasive snakes: The problem with invasive species By now, we have all heard of the giant invasive snakes, such as the Burmese pythons now found in Everglades National Park. Like many animal species that become invasive, these… Read More

Be-at-Home with Nature: Tobacco hornworms

The very hungry caterpillar The tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) is not a worm. It is a caterpillar, a very hungry caterpillar. They are called hornworms because they have a harmless, red horn on their abdomen. These common garden pests are known for eating entire leaves off of… Read More