Friday, May 26, 2023

Appreciating alligators, a buoy that detects water quality, and more UF/IFAS news


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For the week beginning May 22, 2023







 National Alligator Day is May 29.

There’s plenty to appreciate about these toothy reptiles, experts explain

Alligators are ecosystem engineers, say The Croc Docs, a team of researchers that study these and other reptiles at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education CenterContact > 

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En el Día Nacional del Caimán Americano, los expertos de UF/IFAS nos explican lo interesantes que son estos icónicos reptiles. Contacto >






Below are the most recent research, programs, events and more from UF/IFAS. We can help you cover and localize news to your area; just use the contact links below or reply to this email.

Float ‘GatorByte’ down a stream and find pollutants – and their sources

The buoy device, a result of UF research, is far less expensive than conventional water-monitoring systems. The technology has so far been deployed in Gainesville-area lakes and rivers, but the team plans to try it in other Florida areas next. Contact > 

Miami-Dade County 4-H to expand outreach to underserved communities

The Children’s Trust awarded $12.5 million to the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department to enhance its free after-school and summer camp program; the local 4-H program is a partner in the grant. Contact >

Partnership with Broward County schools showcases water sustainability ideas

Middle-schoolers spent the year learning a water sustainability curriculum developed in partnership with UF/IFAS faculty. The 2023 Global Scholars Showcase, held May 24, offered students a chance to present their ideas on the topic. Contact >







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Our podcasts share knowledge: Three common snakes in residential areas

Shannon Carnevale and Lara Milligan host "Naturally Florida," a podcast about Florida’s natural areas and the wild things that live here. The latest episode tackles some visitors that are no cause for alarm. Listen on most podcast platformsContact >

Video stories: Orchid care

Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program statewide coordinator, offers a step-by-step guide to repotting an orchid. Contact >

Visual learning: How to attract fireflies for homeowners infographic

Fireflies may not appear around too much artificial lighting. Learn more about these beetles (not flies!) with this visual guide. See more infographics > Contact >








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