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Environment

To live in harmony with the Florida environment, we need to be aware of how our lives intersect with and affect it. We offer information about the animal and plant species that live here, as well as the coasts, estuaries, forests, swamps, lakes, hammocks, and wetlands that make our state unique, so you can enjoy—and help preserve—these treasures.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.


Managing Invasive Species: The Asian Green Mussel

Learn about the invasive Asian green mussel, a marine animal that can displace native species, such as oysters. More...  More»


All About Vultures

Even though vultures, or buzzards, might not be anyone’s favorite animal, they do play an essential role in our environment. These birds help the ecosystem by feeding on dead or dying animals. Although these scavengers display some odd behaviors, learning more information can help us become familiar with vultures. Florida is home to two types of vultures—black vultures and turkey vultures. Both birds soar with their wings in a V-shape,  More»


Fire and Habitat

Most people think of fire as a destructive force, but fire can be important for maintaining habitat and wildlife population in the natural environment. Prescribed Fires vs. Wildfires Florida’s wildfire season occurs from mid-April through July. Most of these fires are set by lightning, and these were frequent until suppression policies came into effect. These natural wildfires burned at a low intensity and covered large areas  More»


March Wildlife Happenings

Discover this month's wildlife happenings, from striped skunks battling for mates to Mourning doves beginning to nest.  More...  More»


Managing Invasive Species: Air Potato

Air potato is an invasive plant that interferes with the natural environment of native plants. This vine can grow eight inches a day and produces large numbers of potato-like growths that sprout new plants. What Is an Air Potato? Air potatoes, which are part of the yam family, are native to Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Air potatoes can be found throughout Florida as well as in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Hawaii, and  More»