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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 Invasives: Asian Tiger Mosquito

Learn about the Asian tiger mosquito, which has spread to all of Florida's 67 counties. More...  More»

All About Florida Black Bears

The Florida black bear is a subspecies of the American black bear that can be found primarily in the Panhandle, northeast Florida, and southwest Florida. This wasn’t always the case, however. Before European settlement, Florida black bears lived throughout mainland Florida, as well as some coastal islands and keys. In 1974, factors such as deforestation and human encroachment led to the Florida black bear being listed as one of the state’s  More»

Understanding Rip Currents: Don’t Panic!

Swimmers getting caught in rip currents make up the majority of lifeguard rescues. These tips from Florida Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NWS) can help you know what to do if you encounter a rip current. What Are Rip Currents? Rip currents are formed when water flows away from the shore in a channeled current. They may form in a break in a sandbar near the shore, or where the  More»

June Wildlife Happenings

Discover what birds, mammals, and reptiles become active during June. More...  More»

Managing Invasives: Lionfish

Learn about two species of invasive lionfish, which has rapidly invaded marine waters throughout the Caribbean. More...  More»