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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 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»

Caring for Cut Flowers

UF/IFAS horticultural researcher Ria Leonard demonstrates ways to care for cut flowers to keep them looking good longer.  More»

Water & You: Conserving Water

Water is one of the most vital—and valuable—resources on the planet. Humans, plants, and animals all need it for their survival. With growing populations relying on water for personal, agriculture, and industry uses, however, water is being consumed at a rapid rate. To ensure this important resource remains, people need to learn different ways to save water. Why Conserve? Since more than 70% of the  More»

February Wildlife Happenings

February offers a variety of wildlife in Florida—from Little Blue herons to striped skunks to gopher tortoises. More...  More»

Managing Invasives: Rotala

Learn about rotala, a new aquatic weed that is infesting freshwaters throughout south Florida. More...  More»