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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.

May Wildlife Happenings

From bellowing alligators to nesting sea turtles, find out this month's wildlife happenings. More...  More»

Managing Invasives: Mexican Petunia

Learn ways to manage the Mexican petunia, an ornamental plant that has begun to take over natural areas. More...  More»

All About Ladybugs

You may call them ladybirds, ladybugs, or even lady beetles. Not only does this family of beetles have an assortment of names, it is also made up of an array of different species. Additionally, many ladybugs are important predators, while some are considered pests. Learn more about ladybugs—a family of beetles that is as diverse as its names. Ladybugs are the name for the Coccinellidae—a family of beetles that belong to the superfamily  More»

What Is the Invasion Curve?

Understand the invasion curve, which shows how removing invasive species becomes more difficult with time. More...  More»

April Wildlife Happenings

From black bears to manatees, discover what wildlife you can see this month. More...  More»