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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/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/31/what-cause-the-toxic-algal-bloom-in-south-florida-and-could-it-happen-here/

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/

Sea Turtles in the Florida Panhandle

  Florida has the highest number of sea turtles of any state in the continental US. Three species are common here including loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered. Sea turtle nesting season for the area began May 1, 2016. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/08/sea-turtles-in-the-florida-panhandle/

NISAW 2016 – Working together to remove Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) from Northwest Florida

  Giant Salvinia mats completely covering Bay County pond. This fast growing invasive can double in size every week! Photo by L. Scott Jackson   Matthew Phillips and Scott Jackson UF/IFAS Extension and Research works with many partners supporting invasive species management actions and strategies across Florida. One key partner is the Florida Fish & Wildlife …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/26/nisaw-2016-working-together-to-remove-giant-salvinia-salvinia-molesta-from-northwest-florida/

NISAW 2016 – Beach Vitex in the Florida Panhandle

This yard on Pensacola Beach has become over run by vitex. Photo courtesy of Rick O’Connor. In 2013 we began writing about a potential invasive plant in the Florida panhandle called Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia). The first record we knew of was reported from Pensacola Beach and was posted on EDDmaps.org. According to this website …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/23/nisaw-2016-beach-vitex-in-the-florida-panhandle/

Florida Master Naturalist projects impact local communities

On “project day” students share their knowledge with the class. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a 40-hour experiential learning course offered by UF IFAS Extension. While we spend time in class with presentations, by far everyone’s favorite aspects of the course are field trips and “project day.” As part of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/05/florida-master-naturalist-projects-impact-local-communities/

Arbor Day in Florida

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is for Arbor Day.  Florida recognizes the event on the third Friday in January, but planting any time before spring will establish a tree quickly.   Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/23/arbor-day-in-florida/

Panhandle Florida Master Naturalist graduates opt to use living shorelines to enhance habitat and protect their coastal properties.

The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding and respect of Florida’s natural environment. FMNP graduates, Paul Bennett and Charlie Lurton have both worked diligently through the permitting process to place living shorelines consisting of oyster shell bags and marsh plants along their coastal properties. Living Shorelines incorporate a range …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/19/panhandle-florida-master-naturalist-graduates-opt-to-use-living-shorelines-to-enhance-habitat-and-protect-their-coastal-properties/

Florida 4-H Club Grows Compassion through Community Pride Grant

Fire Ants 4-H Club members prepare and serve meals for hospice patients and caregivers to develop compassion and empathy in their community. There are many genetic traits you’re born with that can’t be changed.  But what about traits such as compassion and empathy?  Can they be learned?  A new study conducted by the University of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/15/florida-4-h-club-grows-compassion-through-community-pride-grant/

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