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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.

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Fall Allergies

Allergies are often associated with the spring, but they are just as prevalent in the fall. In fact, during this season, plants, molds and dust mites produce allergens known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Hay fever causes sufferers to sneeze, have a runny nose, and have an itchy nose, throat, and eyes. These allergies can start as early as August and last for several months. Common Fall  More»

Barn Owls

Barn owls (Tyto alba) are easy to recognize because of their pale round faces and shrieking call. Most notably, they are welcome predators that control rodent and other small mammal populations. Identification, Habitat, & Behavior Identification You can identify barn owls by their distinct heart-shaped white face and lack of ear tufts seen on other owl species. Other characteristics include a white or tan underside  More»

Cicadas in Florida

If you hear a loud buzz coming from trees in the daytime, the noise is most likely caused by cicadas. These buzzing critters make their presence known by leaving their brown exoskeletons on tree trunks and shrubs. Cicadas can be found throughout North America, including here in Florida. Sound The sound of cicadas is distinctive, and species can be differentiated by their calls. Only males can make sounds, most of which  More»

Cuban Treefrogs

The invasive Cuban treefrog is a nuisance to Florida homeowners, and the amphibian threatens Florida's native treefrog populations. What Are Cuban Treefrogs? While the Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is native to Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas, it is an introduced species in Florida. The frog can be found from the Florida Keys to Gainesville and Jacksonville, with sightings throughout Florida's  More»

All About Florida Panthers

Learn all about the past, present and future of Florida panthers. More...  More»

Florida’s State Animals

Florida has more than sunshine and amusement parks. It also has a range of natural resources and animals. Florida legislators have identified the following animals as state symbols to honor our natural environment. Florida State Animal: Florida Panther The Florida panther, one of Florida’s most endangered species, was designated as the official state animal in 1982. Size: Male Florida  More»