biodiversity

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Fundraising effort are underway for the humble honey bee, as the University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory reaches toward just shy of its $3.5 million goal to build a state-of the-art facility for scholars and Florida beekeepers to study the behavior, husbandry, ecology, biodiversity, and conservation of the honey bee.

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Shorebird nesting season is happening along Florida's coast, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the Collier and Lee Shorebird Stewards, are taking it upon themselves to help protect the areas where these birds nest. 

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Scientists say the earth has entered a new geological epoch, one defined by humanity's growing impact on the planet, climate, and ecosystems. The proposed name for the possible new epoch is the Anthropocene, and scientists say they're concerned about what this "era of man" means for the plants and animals disappearing or facing extinction during these rapid changes in the natural world.

It's a concern that's bringing scientists in Southwest Florida together for a biodiversity conference at FGCU next week.