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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

"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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Potential Breeding Habitat for 3 Forest-Specialist Birds in the Suburbs

UW500/WEC455by Natalie Pegg and Mark HostetlerDecember 19th, 2022Studies report that urban areas may not provide breeding habitat for interior-forest birds, but some residential neighborhoods do have sufficient vegetation to serve as breeding habitat for forest birds and even interior-forest specialists. The authors investigated the occurrence of three interior-forest specialists, pileated woodpeckers, summer tanagers, and northern parulas, during the breeding season in two suburban neighborhoods of Gainesville, Florida, and found that all three species occurred in residential neighborhoods consistently throughout the breeding season and were most often detected in local areas with dense vegetation from the ground to the canopy. Our results suggest that decision-makers can improve the amount of breeding habitat in southeastern cities for these three species by retaining forest fragments, tree canopy, large trees, tree snags, and understory vegetation.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Florida's Introduced Reptiles: Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus), Oustalet’s Chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti), and Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)

UW501/WEC456by Max Maddox, Karissa Beloyan, Natalie M. Claunch, and Steve A. JohnsonDecember 14th, 2022This publication is one in a series of similar UF/IFAS numbered publications summarizing general knowledge about Florida's introduced reptiles.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Basilisco Marrón en Florida

UW499/WEC454by Kenneth T. Gioeli, Steve A. Johnson, Amanda Thompson, y Lourdes Pérez CorderoNovember 28th, 2022Esta publicación presenta información sobre el lagarto no nativo Basiliscus vittatus (basilisco marrón) en Florida. Contiene información sobre la identificación del basilisco marrón, la historia natural y la distribución en Florida. La audiencia prevista incluye propietarios de viviendas y administradores de tierras principalmente en el centro y sur de Florida. Esta es la versión traducida al español. For the English version, please see Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Gastrointestinal Parasites of Farmed White-tailed Deer in Florida

UW498/WEC453by Sydney L. Cottingham, Heather D.S. Walden, Samantha M. Wisely, and Juan M. Campos-KrauerOctober 23rd, 2022White-tailed deer are susceptible to infection by numerous gastrointestinal parasites. Not all parasite infections cause clinical disease, but even subclinical gastrointestinal parasitism may reduce the health and productivity of infected deer.  An understanding of parasite epidemiology is critical to improving captive deer health through effective parasite control strategies. This publication will serve as a guide to common parasites of farmed white-tailed deer in Florida and will provide producers with recommendations for management of gastrointestinal parasites in farmed deer.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Brown Basilisks in Florida

UW497/WEC-452by Kenneth T. Gioeli, Steve A. Johnson, and Amanda ThompsonAugust 25th, 2022This 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.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment