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Category: Conservation

Florida Master Naturalists Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike

The Florida Master Naturalist Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations continue in St. Lucie County with a permitted sea turtle night walk.  This event took place on July 13, 2021 and was hosted by Ecological Associates Inc… Read More

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 Master Naturalists Can Discover Nature Journaling – August 13, 2021

Oyster Bed

Join us for a discovery of oyster bed and mangrove restoration, living shorelines. The UF/IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021.  As part of this celebration, the UF/IFAS St Lucie County… 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