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Natural Florida is an amazing, magical place. Few areas in the nation are more diverse or mysterious. Although the seasons pass here with greater subtlety than in regions to our north, a beauty and complexity lie beneath the surface unmatched by any other. As urbanization becomes an increasingly familiar backdrop to our lives, many of us sense the need to reestablish connectivity to nature. We want more life in our landscapes, and we realize that we need to provide a more meaningful habitat for wildlife if we are to get it. Now is the time to transform traditional landscape design to a higher art form and incorporate native plants needed by other living things to survive.
Dr. Huegel is an ecologist/educator with extensive training and experience in wildlife and plant ecology, natural lands management, upland and wetland restoration, and on the impacts of urbanization on natural systems. He founded the Wildlife Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Kentucky and served as its first State Wildlife Extension Specialist. He co-founded the Urban Wildlife Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Florida where he worked with local and county governments, state agencies, and the public on a wide variety of issues related to wildlife management and conservation at the urban interface.
Dr. Huegel directed the newly created Environmental Lands Division, Pinellas County, where he served as the Administrator for programs at Brooker Creek, Weedon Island, and Shell Key Preserves, as well as various management areas. He developed the Education Centers at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island Preserves, a Biological Field Station at Brooker Creek Preserve, and the countywide Wildland Fire Team. After he worked as an environmental consultant, and founded his own consulting firm, Ecological Services Associates.
Dr. Huegel is an adjunct professor in the Baccalaureate Biology Program, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus. Dr. Huegel has written six books for the public on native plants and wildlife, lectures to groups throughout Florida, and writes a popular blog dedicated to Florida wildflowers.