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Category: Wildlife

Peters’s Rock Agama “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 Peters’s rock agama on the Florida Treasure Coast.  I served as overall course instructor and Ellen Butler served as their final… Read More

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Audubon of Martin County Commit to Conservation of Rare Atala Butterflies

Florida Atala Butterfly

Congratulations to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park in St. Lucie County and Audubon of Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their properties.  A new program initiated by the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County… Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

Florida 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, Zamia integrifolia (a.k.a…. Read More

March 18, 2020 – Landscaping for Birds and Butterflies Webinar

Buckeye Butterfly

This informative webinar entitled “Landscaping for Birds and Butterflies” was intended to support the Florida Master Gardener continuing education program.  Participants will learn about some of the common vocabulary terms used by botanists and ecologists and then learn… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

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

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