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Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer Series: Shamrock Park Demonstration Garden

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January 24, 2024

Welcome to our "Meet a Master Gardener Volunteer" blog series, where we delve into the inspiring stories and impactful contributions of the passionate individuals who form the backbone of our gardening community. These dedicated volunteers bring ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Demonstration Garden, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pgm_HortRes, Shamrock Park

Wild Sarasota: Florida’s Wading Birds and the Plume Trade, A Story of Conservation


January 23, 2024

The Plume Trade: When Killing was Fashionable The origins of the Plume Trade can be traced back to the 19th century and Victorian fashion, a style that included elaborate assortments of silk, ribbons, and exotic bird feathers on large, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Audubon, Birding, Birds, Conservation, Pgm_EcoNR, Plume Trade, Wading Birds, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife

Wild Sarasota: Florida’s Engaging Egrets


January 22, 2024

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... Is it an egret or a heron? Well, biologically there isn't much of a difference. Taxonomically, egrets and herons are classified in the same Order and Family, meaning they are very similar. In fact, the ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Animals, Birding, Birds, Nature, Pgm_EcoNR, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife
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Don’t Burn But Learn: How to Protect Yourself from the Sun’s Harmful Rays


July 25, 2023

As summer heats up and children are out of school, you might be spending more time enjoying the outdoors which means more exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), skin cancer is the most common ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Health, Heat, Pgm_FCS, Sun, Sun Protection, Sun Safety, Sun-safe, UV Safe

Florida Waters Stewardship Program

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May 5, 2023

Water touches every part of our lives. Whether you're an avid fisher, a weekend beachgoer, or just someone who enjoys a tall, cold glass of H₂O, your life depends on an ample supply of clean water. Originally developed by UF/IFAS Extension ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Events, Professional Development, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Conserve, Environment, Florida Waters Stewardship Program, FWSP, Pgm_Water, Preserve, Protect, Water
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10 tips to save money at home


February 21, 2022

by Alia Garrett, Siri Khalsa, Jackie Lebouitz, and Maria Rometo Now more than ever, every penny counts. Read our tips below to see some easy ways to save money and resources at home. Tips Turn off your lights, fans, and electronics ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Management, Money Matters, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: America Saves, Budget, Finances, Money, Pgm_FNP, Pgm_Sustain, Pgm_Water, Savings

National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

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February 24, 2021

Co-Authored by: Alyssa Vinson and Katherine Clements What are invasive species? An invasive plant, animal or pest is one that is non-native (originating from another state or country), are able to reproduce and maintain self-sustaining ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS
Tags: Air Potato, Brazilian Pepper, CISMA, IFAS, Invasive, Invasive Plants, Manatee County Extension, NAISMA, Pgm_EcoNR

Spring Cleaning Series: Pest-proofing your home

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April 9, 2020

Being inside the home for an extended time, I am sure most of us have cleaned an already clean countertop just to make sure we didn’t miss any germs the first, second, or third time! There is nothing wrong with wiping germs away, but while ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, Home Management, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Environment, Insect, Insects, Land Insects, Landscape Insects, Pgm_Chemicals

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