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Naturally Florida podcast explains weird nature in the state

The new podcast from the Polk and Pinellas extension services is aimed at those interested in learning about Florida’s ecosystems and wildlife.
Naturally Florida is a new podcast designed to help us become more aware of the environment around us in Florida.
Naturally Florida is a new podcast designed to help us become more aware of the environment around us in Florida. [ Lara Milligan ]
Published Jul. 2

In an effort to educate the public on all aspects of Florida’s natural environments, the extension services of Pinellas and Polk counties have teamed up to present Naturally Florida, a new podcast for those interested in learning about Florida’s ecosystems, wildlife, water resources, plants and more.

The show features hosts Shannon Carnevale and Lara Milligan, Natural Resources Agents for the UF/IFAS Extension in Polk and Pinellas counties. The objective is to encourage co-existence with Florida’s native plants, animals and ecosystems.

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Naturally Florida was created as another way to share information about Florida’s Natural resources with the public,” Milligan said. “With each episode we aim to teach about a different environmental topic, but in a fun, conversational way.”

Each 15- to 20-minute episode contains bits of factual information that is easily related through simple conversation.

“The main concept is simple: short snippets of research-backed education about Florida’s environment in a very approachable and conversational product,” Carnevale said. “We hope people will slow down a bit to notice the natural world near them after listening to our podcast. Stop and smell the roses.”

Juvenile wood storks pine for food from one of its parents at a rookery where a colony of wood storks are breeding in Port Richey.
Juvenile wood storks pine for food from one of its parents at a rookery where a colony of wood storks are breeding in Port Richey. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD ]

Episode topics include “green anoles,” “fireflies” and “water and where it goes after it falls.” Listeners are invited to go to naturallyfloridapodcast.com to submit questions before each episode, or make suggestions on topics for future episodes.

When asked what she hoped audiences would take away from each episode, Milligan said: “Nature is awesome. There is so much to love and learn about the natural world. And they can make a difference.”

Naturally Florida can be found on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts and Radio Public.