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NATURAL RESOURCES

Florida has a rich heritage and diversity of natural resources that provide the quality of life tens of millions of year-round and “snowbird” seasonal residents, as well as spectacular experiences for its 83,900,000 annual tourists (2006 data). Natural resources can be understood as the Natural Capitalism that earns the dividends to provide our quality of life, prosperous economies, and long-term sustainability. To live in harmony with the Florida environment, we all need to be aware of how our lives intersect with and affect it.

Sarasota County has demonstrated a commitment to stewardship of natural resources and is a recognized leader by its progressive efforts. The conservation of our natural resources offers a practical way of "thinking globally and acting locally" to responsibly address challenges such as global warming and regional water shortages. To this end, Sarasota County Extension offers information and programs about the animal and plant species that live here, as well as the native ecosystems of the coasts, estuaries, forests, swamps, lakes, hammocks, and wetlands that make our state unique, so you can enjoy--and help preserve--these treasures. This education strives to empower you to acquire the necessary tools to participate fully at the local, county and state levels and in support of individual to community-based efforts.

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RECENT ECOLOGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES BLOG POSTS

Wild Sarasota Spotlight: eagle etiquette

The bald eagle, a Florida native, and its relative, the golden eagle, are always a special sight to spy in the sky. While you may be elated to have an eagle encounter, there are a few key tips of eagle etiquette to adhere to when birding to...
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Wild Sarasota Spotlight: enraptured by eagles

While it's easy to get enraptured by the world of raptors, as the emblem of our nation, eagles distinguish themselves as some of our most enchanting birds of prey. They're apex predators and great indicators of environmental health...
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Rufous hummingbird seen at Twin Lakes Park!

I knew our Extension office was a popular place, but this week has brought a whole new level of visitation to our beautiful grounds! The area surrounding our office has been all "a twitter" (excuse the poor pun) with people bedecked with...
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