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Category: Natural Resources

Beneficial Algae or Unsightly Pond Scum?

Algae are an important component of an ecosystem, but when algae populations grow out of control, they begin to decrease water quality. The summer months generate high water temperatures and abundant sunlight. This in combination… Read More

Can I touch a Wooly Bear Caterpillar?

Woolly Bear Caterpillar For the last two weeks while teaching youth about the game of disc golf, we came across big black fuzzy looking caterpillar approximately 3″ long. Of course, the kids wanted to know… Read More

Is Your Pond Management Up to Scale?

When you think of Florida’s top recreational activities, fishing is certainly one of them. The state is full of fishing opportunities from the coast to inland lakes, rivers, and ponds. Despite all these natural fishing… Read More

Take a Break from Virtual Learning and Take Your Children Outside

Amanda Law, UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County

Wonders of your Backyard There are so many wonders of nature in our own backyards or at a local park. They key is to slow down and look really closely. There are frogs, lizards, dragonflies,… Read More

Question of the Day- What is Clerodendron indicum?

What is this plant? A photo was recently submitted concerning the identification of a plant found in a cattle pasture.  The owner was concerned about the possibility of toxic properties. After sharing the photo with… Read More

The Annual Suwannee Valley Fall Harvest Experience Kicks Off!

Each year during the fall harvest season, public schools from all around North Florida send youth to the Fall Harvest Experience located at the North Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley in Live Oak. In addition to… Read More