E-Newsletter: The Latest from Sustainable UF!

The Latest News, Events and More from the Office of Sustainability

May 15, 2019


  • NEW Volunteer Opportunity:

In Gainesville this summer and interested in volunteering? Sign up to help with recycling and waste reduction efforts at UF! Volunteers will be helping to answer questions and direct visitors at the recently launched #GatorsBEATWaste Station in the Reitz Union, UF’s first consumer-facing compost station. Please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/CRXtCFGAaKbUDZPo7


The Florida Museum of Natural History and First Magnitude Brewing Co. will release a specialty beer called “Frosted Elfin New England-Style Pale Ale” May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. to support butterfly conservation. The new beer highlights the rare Frosted Elfin butterfly. The admission price of $10 includes $1 off all beers; $15 includes a signature glass and $1 off all beers. Other merchandise will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will directly support imperiled butterfly recovery efforts in Florida. For more information visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/frosted-elfin or call 352-273-2022.

The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest featured exhibit, “CROCS: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” May 18 with special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can see live reptiles, test their strength against a crocodile’s bite, learn how they hunt using soundwaves and learn about Gomek, the largest crocodile exhibited in North America. While the event activities are free, there is an entrance fee for the exhibit, which is $8 for adults, $7 for Florida residents and $5.50 for ages 3-17. Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/crocs or call 352-846-2000.

Discover the rich diversity of birds (and maybe some rarities!) at north-central Florida’s newest birding hotspot in a 2-3-hour walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome. The bird walk takes place at Sweetwater Wetlands Park, which is located on the south side of Gainesville, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of SW 13th Street/US 441 and Williston Road. Look for the sign on the south side of the road. Those interested will meet at the covered shelter by the parking lot. Bird walks will continue every Wednesday from September – May, at 8:30 a.m. Birding Field Trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society. Walks are free, but park admission is $5/car, $2 per person (bicyclists, pedestrians, buses). For more information on the Alachua Audubon Society, please visit http://www.alachuaaudubon.org/

In honor of Endangered Species Day, Lubee Bat Conservancy will host our 4th annual Open House! Join us on Saturday, May 18th, from 11am to 3pm. Entrance fee is $5/person, Children 4 & under are FREE. Visit with our beautiful bats while they enjoy their enrichment filled day. Join in on educational talks, visit our native bat houses, and speak with experts on installation and exclusion. Want to see some pregnant mommas?!? Ten of our wonderful moms-to-be are due anytime. See if you can spot our Mommies To BE!! Bubba Luigi’s Roadtrip will be at Open House to feed any of the munchies! *No dogs allowed. Service dogs welcome.*


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