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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

The Atala Steppingstone Project

atala butterfly

Once thought extinct, rare atala butterflies were rediscovered and can thrive with a little help from St. Lucie County residents. The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, the Manatee Observation and Education Center, Heathcote Botanical Gardens… Read More

Scrub Jays in St. Lucie County Preserves

Florida Scrub Jay

Hikers trekking through St. Lucie County’s scrub might encounter an endemic species: the Florida scrub jay.  The St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department (ERD) maintains preserves with scrub habitat that I recommend hiking.  Sheraton Scrub… Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

atala butterfly

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant,… Read More

Growing Mangosteen in Florida

Introduction Due to increased pest and disease pressure and production costs, citrus growers are beginning to look into alternative crops to diversify and find new markets. Some of these alternative crops might work, while others… Read More