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  1. Have a “Tree-mendous” Arbor Day! — January 8, 2017
  2. Nature Tourism – Bald Point State Park — January 8, 2017
  3. Christmas”sea” Cheer! — December 19, 2016
  4. The Christmas “Sea Star” — December 16, 2016
  5. Your Christmas Tree Could Benefit Winter Wildlife — December 16, 2016

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Have a “Tree-mendous” Arbor Day!

Arbor Day has a 145-year history, started in Nebraska by a nature-loving newspaper editor who recognized the many valuable services trees provide. We humans often form emotional attachments to trees, planting them at the beginning of a marriage, birth of a child, or death of a loved one, and trees have tremendous symbolic value within …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/08/have-a-tree-mendous-arbor-day/

Nature Tourism – Bald Point State Park

Some of the most picturesque and scenic natural areas along north Florida’s Gulf Coast are found in Bald Point State Park. The 4,065 acre park is located on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay. Easy access to water activities at Bald Point State Park.Photo: Les Harrison Bald Point State Park offers a variety …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/08/nature-tourism-bald-point-state-park/

Christmas”sea” Cheer!

The holiday season is a special time for most of us! There are many creatures that live under the sea that represent many of our holiday traditions. Photo Credit: Fl. Museum Of Natural  History, George Burgess Small cookie cutter sharks are found in very deep water during the day, at night they migrate up the water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/19/christmassea-cheer/

The Christmas “Sea Star”

The Florida Orange Sea Star.Photo: Florida Sea Grant One of the more popular traditions this time of year is placing the star on top of the Christmas Tree. The star represents the Christmas Star which led the wise men to the manager.  The stars that have been placed on Christmas Trees over the decades have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/16/the-christmas-sea-star/

Your Christmas Tree Could Benefit Winter Wildlife

Christmas trees can provide benefits to wildlife long after they have served as holiday decoration indoors. Credits: IFAS photo database. Americans purchased approximately 30 million live Christmas trees last year. If you plan to have a live tree this winter, and you’re wondering what you could do with your tree once it has finished its role as …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/16/your-christmas-tree-could-benefit-winter-wildlife/

Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas

Throughout history the evergreen tree has been a symbol of life. “Not only green when summer’s here, but also when it’s cold and dreary” as the Christmas carol “O Tannenbaum” says.  While supporting the cut Christmas tree industry does create jobs and puts money into local economics, every few years consider adding to the urban …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/06/consider-a-native-evergreen-this-christmas/

Sustainable Gift-Giving

I don’t know about you, but my kids have a lot of “stuff.” Legos on my son’s floor, stuffed animals surrounding my daughter’s room—it’s a lot to keep up with. Granted, they have never thrown away a Lego brick or stuffed animal, so they’re not contributing to the landfill (only my lack of sanity), and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/06/sustainable-gift-giving/

Deer Processing Safety

Freshly processed venison. Photo credit: Jennifer Bearden When hunting, food safety begins in the field. The goal is to have safe meat for you and your family to eat.  Here are a few ways to keep your food safe: Shot placement – that’s right. Food safety begins with an accurate shot. Your goal should be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/18/deer-processing-safety/

Morrison Springs Park – Walton County, Florida

Snorkeler at Morrison Springs – Laura Tiu Morrison Springs Bald Cypress                     There are over 1000 springs identified in Florida. In the Panhandle, the majority of the springs are karst or artesian springs rising deep from the Floridan Aquafer System within the states limestone base.  Springs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/18/morrison-springs-park-walton-county-florida/

Thanksgiving and the Sea…

I was trying to think of a topic that could connect Thanksgiving and our marine environment. Like many others, when I think of Thanksgiving images of Pilgrims and native Americans come to mind.  There is the turkey – and I wrote about “turkey fish” (another name for lionfish) last year.  So I continued to think.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/18/thanksgiving-and-the-sea/

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