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 ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
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 pythons ... READ MORE
Is it vomit? Is it a fungus? NO! It's a slime mold!
Have you ever woken up, walked outside, and seen bright-yellow “vomit” on your garden?! If so, do not be alarmed. It might just be dog vomit slime mold (Fuligo septica). This neon blob ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
Nature is Everywhere
Yesterday was an unusually cool day here in Sarasota. Low in humidity, high in cloud cover, with thunder in the distance, I decided to take a break on my backyard deck. As I took a moment to slow down and ... READ MORE
April 10th is Gopher Tortoise Day!
On any given day in the scrub, gopher tortoises may be seen out and about, looking for lunch or basking in the sun. The scrub ecosystem is a rare component of our Florida environment and is home to many ... READ MORE
Be-at-home with nature, while staying-at-home!
Today, April 3rd, starts our stay-at-home order in Florida. While we are connecting through technology, don't forget the joy, health benefits, and stress relief that being out in nature provides ... READ MORE
YES, you, too, can do science at home!
You might be wondering how to keep your children or students involved? What online tools are there that are educational? Or, how do I replicate experiences that are normally interactive, hands-on, require ... READ MORE
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, ... READ MORE