Monthly Archive: July 2016

What Cause the Toxic Algal Bloom in South Florida and Could It Happen Here?

Most of us have heard about the toxic algal blooms plaguing south Florida waters. If not, check out http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/05/.  This bloom has caused several major fish kills, bad odors, and has kept tourist away from the area.  What happen? and could it happen in the panhandle? One of the many lock systems that controls water …

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Water Wars… Can We Avoid It in the Panhandle?

On a recent camping trip out west I was made aware of just how valuable water is. The American west has been battling water issues for a few years now.  Some camp showers had buttons that would provide you water for a couple of minutes, others charged $ .50 for four minutes, some charged $ 1.00 …

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Scalloping: Unrivaled Natural Experience for Kids

If you have done this phenomenal summertime activity, then you know what I’m talking about. And it’s not just the kids that derive an amazing, nature-based educational experience. Anyone who puts on a mask and snorkel for their first scalloping adventure is about to have their world “rocked” in a good way. Gliding over the …

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Snorkeling and Kayaking in St. Joe Bay

Who does not like St. Joseph Bay! What a place… One of the more pristine estuaries in Florida, St. Joe is famous for its snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, and scalloping.   15 miles long and 6 miles across (at its widest point), St. Joe Bay has no significant freshwater input. It’s only opening is to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/27/snorkeling-and-kayaking-in-st-joe-bay/

Explore the Panhandle in a Kayak!

Many consider Northwest Florida as the “Canoe Capitol” of the state. We have numerous rivers, creeks, and springs that are great paddling spots.  The scenery is great, wildlife is common, and most are easily accessed.   To introduce residents and visitors to the natural history of these waterways, UF/IFAS Extension Agents, and other experts, will …

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Southern Copperhead in Florida

  Photo 1. Large Southern Copperhead in Gadsden County – Photo by Shep Eubanks UF/IFAS There are approximately 44 species of snakes found in Florida.  The Southern Copperhead is one of the six venomous snakes that one might encounter while outdoors in the panhandle of Florida.    A uniquely beautiful and secretive snake, they historically have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/22/southern-copperhead-in-florida/

Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County

Dr. Monica Wilson, University of Florida Sea Grant, shares an update on the research that has occurred in the past five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Presented in the Rodeo Room at the Destin History and Fishing Museum. Photo credit: Laura Tiu The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore …

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Transient Birds and Beach House Refuge

Birds, migration, and climate change. Mix them all together and intuitively, we can imagine an ecological train wreck in the making. Many migratory bird species have seen their numbers plummet over the past half-century – due not to climate change, but to habitat loss in the places they frequent as part of their jet-setting life …

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Bacteria at the Beach

Recent news reports have Panhandle Beaches trending on social media. Beaches are open and ready for the holiday weekend. Here’s information to help make sure you are ready too. Photo by Florida Sea Grant. The threat of bacteria in coastal waters can be scary and a challenge to understand. Here is information that helps clarify …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/02/bacteria-at-the-beach/

Scallop Season Postponed – Fishing Fun Available Now

Bay Scallop Argopecten iradianshttp://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/bay-scallops/ If you had plans to go scalloping in St. Joseph Bay over the long holiday weekend I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. FWC has postponed the opening day of scallop harvesting season in St. Joseph Bay until August 22. The postponement, along with other conservation efforts, is intended to …

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