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The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division is cautioning residents about an invasive species in the area that is threatening a wide variety of landscape plants.  It is called the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly, and it was first discovered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry inspectors last year.  Experts say the pest will likely spread to other South Florida counties, but they urge people not to panic because this whitefly is different than the ficus whitefly that devastated so much of the County’s ficus hedges and ficus trees during the past several years.

We are nearing the end of sea turtle nesting season in the continental United States, and every year folks ask the same question: “How’d we do?” Every year, the answers are mixed -- but given the once-perilous status of some turtle species and the low survival rate for hatchlings, these annual results are crucial for the turtles' overall survival.

WHO: Volunteers needed from throughout Broward County WHAT: 25th Annual International Coastal Cleanup WHEN: Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to noon WHERE: Twelve locations throughout Broward County: Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Oakland Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale South Beach Park, John U. Lloyd State Park, Dania Beach, Hollywood Beach North, Hollywood Beach Central, Hollywood Beach South and Hallandale Beach.
The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division will host a Rain Barrel & Conservation Workshop on Monday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bet Shira Synagogue located at 7500 S.W. 120th Street in Pinecrest. In addition to creating their own rain barrels, participants will be able to exchange their old showerheads and light bulbs for new ones that are more energy efficient.