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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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"To serve, advise, and develop educational programs for Florida citizens in conjunction with county extension agents and other state, county, and local organizations interested in wildlife issues."
Programs are oriented toward the use, conservation, management, and appreciation of wildlife resources, and requests for such programs can be made through county Extension offices or directly with specialists.
(Source: Florida Wildlife Extension)

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RECENT & REVISED PUBLICATIONS

Brown Basilisks in Florida

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

This publication presents information about the nonnative lizard Basiliscus vittatus (brown basilisk) in Florida. It contains information about brown basilisk identification, natural history, and distribution in Florida. The intended audience includes homeowners and land managers primarily in central and south Florida.
Released On: 08-25-2022

“Las Serpientes Negras”: Identificación y Ecología

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

En el sudeste de los Estados Unidos habitan alrededor de 50 especies de serpientes (seis de las cuales son venenosas) que viven en los estados costeros del Atlántico y el Golfo, desde Luisiana hasta Carolina del Norte. Estas serpientes utilizan una variedad de hábitats desde tierras altas hasta humedales, y tienen un gran impacto en la ecología de la región. Son depredadores, pero también presas y forman conexiones importantes en las redes tróficas.
Released On: 06-26-2022

Reconociendo las Serpientes Venenosas de Florida

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

En Florida habitan más de 50 especies de serpientes nativas, de las cuales sólo seis son venenosas. Las especies venenosas incluyen cinco víboras crotalinas (la serpiente oriental de cascabel de dorso de diamante, el crótalo de los cañaverales, el crótalo pigmeo, la cabeza cobriza, la boca de algodón) y la serpiente coral. Las cabezas cobrizas y las serpientes crótalo de los cañaverales tienen un rango de distribución limitado en Florida. Esto incluye una área pequeña al oeste de Tallahassee y algunos condados al Noroeste de la Florida para las cabezas cobrizas, y el norte de Florida cerca de la ciudad de Gainesville para las serpientes crótalo de los cañaverales. Las otras cuatro especies venenosas son comunes en todo el estado. Las serpientes venenosas de Florida viven en una variedad de hábitats naturales, que incluyen desde los humedales hasta los bosques secos.
Released On: 06-26-2022

Wildlife of Florida Factsheets: Florida Sandhill Crane

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Learn more about Florida Sandhill Cranes! The Wildlife of Florida Factsheet series was created to provide the public with a quick, accurate introduction to Florida’s wildlife, including both native and invasive species. We hope these fact sheets inspire people to investigate wildlife in their own backyards and communities and understand the amazing biodiversity of wildlife in the state of Florida—in this case, the sandhill crane.
Released On: 05-05-2022

Birds in the ’Burbs: Do migratory birds prefer urban forest fragments or residential yards?

Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

During migration, birds travel from their northern breeding grounds to their southern wintering grounds and vice versa. To understand which urban habitats are valuable for specific migratory species, we compared the diversity of migratory bird species that used urban forest fragments vs residential areas with tree canopy in Gainesville, Florida. Study results summarized in this fact sheet can help inform urban planners, developers, and homeowners about vegetation migratory birds use. Conservation of large, forested areas is important, but fragmented landscapes are not useless, and conserving urban forest fragments and trees in residential areas is also important for bird conservation.
Released On: 03-02-2022