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History, Status, Impacts, and Management of Invasive Black Spiny-tailed Iguanas (Ctenosaura similis) on Gasparilla Island, Florida

UW512/WEC459by Sean L. McKnight, Bryan M. Kluever, Parker Hall, Miguel A. Acevedo, and Steve A. JohnsonDecember 8th, 2023This publication summarizes the history, status, and management of invasive black spiny-tailed iguanas (Ctenosaura similis) on Gasparilla Island, in southwest Florida. Our target audiences are residents and visitors of Gasparilla Island as well as naturalists interested in Florida’s diverse wildlife, especially introduced reptiles. Our specific goal is to increase knowledge and raise awareness about black spiny-tailed iguanas, their impacts, and the challenges of managing those impacts. More broadly, we aim to raise awareness about the many introduced and invasive reptiles in Florida and motivate people to take action to help prevent additional introductions of nonnative reptiles as well as support management efforts to curtail the spread of introduced reptiles in the Sunshine State. The information used to produce this publication was derived from published scientific articles, communications with colleagues, and our own research.

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While volunteers keep an ‘Eye on Seagrass,’ Florida Sea Grant launches new website for the citizen science program

Brad BuckSeptember 5th, 2023Citizen scientists help preserve seagrasses in the Panhandle and Southwest Florida through a program called Eyes on Seagrass, which now has a dedicated webpage where potential volunteers can learn more. The efforts of the people who give their time are so successful, UF/IFAS Extension    and Florida Sea Grant are expanding the program. It began in […]

Join the 40th annual master gardener volunteer training class in 2023

Ralph MitchellDecember 8th, 2022Are you a candidate for the Charlotte County Master Gardener Volunteer Program? Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people?  Do you like searching for answers to gardening questions that you or others have?  If so, you may be just who we are looking for!  Master Gardeners Volunteers are trained volunteers who provide the public […]

Palm triage

Ralph MitchellOctober 18th, 2022In addition to trees, we had plenty of palms go down in Hurricane Ian.  While a Tree care Professional/Florida Certified Arborist may best to determine if a palm is salvageable, there are few palm triage aftercare decision making points to consider.  Not all damaged palms are destined for the woodchipper! First, there are no guarantees!  […]

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