University of Florida

Research

Wildlife in Agriculture Research

Wildlife biologists at the Everglades Research and Education Center work with wildlife species in agricultural and natural settings.  Research focuses on wildlife use of cultivated and natural landscapes in the EAA and surrounding areas including sugarcane, rice, lettuce and corn as well as unfarmed areas such as ditch-banks and fallow fields.  Wildlife researchers also work with growers to use integrated methods to control vertebrate pests in their fields.  Management decisions, crop type, water management and access all contribute in some way to how animals use the agricultural fields of the area.  Outreach and education assist growers and land managers in supporting wildlife species on their land. Wildlife researchers are also studying the impacts of water management and restoration projects on wading birds and other wildlife in surrounding Everglades wetlands.

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