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Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science Advanced Special Topics Students Study Upland Biodiversity Using Trail Cams

Photo by Trail Camera

In June 2019, Extension Agent Ken Gioeli with the UF/ IFAS St Lucie County Extension conducted the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Conservation Science advanced special topics course. This course was designed to educate people in the concepts,… Read More

Agamas “Rainbow Lizards” on the Treasure Coast: A Florida Master Naturalist Final Project

Rainbow agama

For their Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course final project, Marko Sillanpaa and Chloe Lloyd conducted observational research on rainbow agamas on the Florida Treasure Coast.  I served as overall course instructor and Ellen Butler served as their final project… Read More

Beauty of the Unseen World: Native Plant Photography Master Naturalist Final Project

Flower under UV light

Pollinating insects get food from plants in the form of nectar and pollen.  Flowers benefit when these insects help disperse the plant’s genetic material.  To encourage this pollinator/flower relationship, many plants have developed specialized features to attract pollinators. … Read More

Attracting Butterflies and Moths to your Yard with Native Plants

Atala Butterfly

Attracting Butterflies and Moths to your Yard For those of us that want to attract butterflies and moths to our yards,  we must focus on the four things they will need; Sun, Water, Shelter and Food. A butterfly… Read More

Native Bee Habitat Enhancement at the Lakela’s Mint Preserve: A Florida Master Naturalist Final Project (Uplands 2018)

The UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course is an examination of plants, animals and human interactions in upland systems.  Master Naturalists Tammy Tauscher, Walter Stickley and Michelle Peterson formed a team in the Jan-Feb 2018 Uplands… Read More