Panhandle Outdoors

Ecotourism in Northwest Florida

Wakulla Springs is home to some of the best wildlife watching in all of northwest Florida. It’s not unusual to see manatees, alligators, and dozens of species of birds in one boat trip. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson What do you imagine when the word “ecotourism” comes to mind? I know  I usually daydream about a trip …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/ecotourism-in-northwest-florida/

The Status of Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture in the U.S. and Florida

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DR. CHARLES ADAMS, FLORIDA SEA GRANT   The demand for seafood in the US continues to grow. This growth is a function of a number of factors, including the increased awareness of the healthful attributes of many finfish and shellfish products, the increased availability of several key imported, cultured species (shrimp, tilapia, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/the-status-of-commercial-fishing-and-aquaculture-in-the-u-s-and-florida/

Our Panhandle Springs Provide a Magical Experience

Imagine yourself as an early settler, migrating with your family into the area known as La Florida, with the hope of staking a claim and building a new life. You’ve heard stories of horrendous mosquitos, fierce native peoples, deadly snakes, and giant alligators. Regardless, the promise of abundant fish and wildlife, a year-round growing climate …

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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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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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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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