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Celebrating World Bee Day is the Buzz in Suwannee County


May 18, 2021

Why celebrate bees? Celebrate the importance of bees to our food crops and support local beekeepers on May 20. More than 90 crops rely on honeybees for pollination in the US including fruit, fiber, nut and vegetable crops. The crops pollinated ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife
Tags: #nativebees, #nativeplants, #northfloridagardening, #pollinatorsandbeneficialinsects, #wildlifegardeneing, UFBugs, Wildlife

Pickerelweed… Friend of Foe?


March 23, 2021

I often get calls on how to control pickerelweed. Although this beautiful aquatic plant is a Florida native, it can spread prolifically leaving pond owners with the assumption that it's an invasive weed. Invasive plants are non-native species ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: #nativeplants, Natural Resources, Pickerelweed, Pond Plants, Ponds, Topic Tuesday, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County

Beneficial Algae or Unsightly Pond Scum?


January 26, 2021

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 with excessive ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Algae, Filamentous Algae, Fish Ponds, Natural Resources, Pond Management, Pond Scum, Suwannee County, Topic Tuesday, Water Quality

Can I touch a Wooly Bear Caterpillar?


December 15, 2020

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 what it was and could they touch it? ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: #beneficialinsects, #northfloridagardening, Gardening, Pollinators, UFBugs, Wildlifegardening

Is Your Pond Management Up to Scale?


September 29, 2020

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 avenues, nothing quite ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Aquatic Vegetation, Fish Kills, Fish Pond, Fishing, Florida Ponds, Muddy Water, Natural Resources, Water Quality
Amanda Law, UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County

Take a Break from Virtual Learning and Take Your Children Outside


July 28, 2020

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, birds and unusual plants to be explored. Don't worry ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: #beneficialinsects, #explore, #kidsinnature, #mastergardenervolunteers, #mushrooms, #nativeplants, #northfloridagardening, #pestsinnorthflorida, #snails, #zebralongwing, Gardening, Pollinators, Wildlifegardening

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