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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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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»

Tree Pollen and Allergies

It is that time of the year again. Spring is here, and pollen is everywhere. While you may see it blanketing everything outside, many people notice it from their seasonal allergy symptoms acting up, too. Allergies An allergy is an abnormal reaction to a very small amount of a specific substance, called an allergen. Common symptoms of allergic reactions include watery eyes, itching, coughing, congestion, hives, runny nose,  More»

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»