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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

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

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

What in the World is This? The mangrove salt marsh snake

Mangrove salt marsh snake

Recently, while filming a mangrove video at Lemon Bay Park in Sarasota County, I spotted a beautiful snake, resting a few feet from me while well-hidden in the branches of a gorgeous red mangrove. The snake remained motionless,… Read More

March of the giants: The Eastern lubber grasshopper

Do you know the song, “The ants go marching one by one; hurrah, hurrah”? Picture in place of the ants, grasshoppers. Not just any grasshopper, but the Eastern lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera. If you have ever had the… Read More