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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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Recap: Summer SWFL Small Farmer Network Meeting on Pine Island

Jessica M. RyalsSeptember 11th, 2023On July 19, 2023 the Southwest Small Farmer Network held the summer meeting at FruitScapes, LLC on Pine Island in Lee County, FL. The focus of the meeting was to highlight the resiliency of producers on Pine Island which was devastated by Hurricane Ian, connect producers with each other, and share UF/IFAS Extension and Florida […]

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 […]

Clover Corner: February 2022

Arielle PierceFebruary 9th, 2022Welcome to the virtual newsletter for Lee County 4-H! We hope that you find the Clover Corner to be a central location to find beneficial monthly updates on what is going on in the 4-H Program. To find old Clover Corners, visit the Clover Corner Newsletter tab on the website. – Ms. Arielle   4-H […]

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