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
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
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
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
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
Real butterfly gardeners have plants that looks like they have had a fresh shave with only a few stems sticking up. It is amazing when your plants are full of leaves and then within a couple of days, they are almost completely defoliated.
Diversity ... READ MORE
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
Plant identification, especially grasses, is one of my FAVORITE things to do as an extension agent and plant nerd. I love coming to work and seeing specimens or visiting producers fields and pastures because live samples ... READ MORE
Horseback Riders are out on the trail year round. It is important to take proactive steps in order to have a fun and safe trail riding experience. Check out the edition of the Horse Herald below to learn about what you can do to make your ride ... READ MORE
There are 13 bat species native to Florida, and two of those are federally listed as endangered. Because of this, bats cannot be harmed during removal. However, all of the bats found in Florida are insectivores and help control ... READ MORE