Tag Archive: Panhandle

Snails have Invaded the Western Panhandle

Snails on cotton. Photo credit Sam Lincoln Snails on corn. Snails have invaded some local areas throughout northern Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties this summer. The snails are tan colored, high and conical, with mature snails about ¾ to 1-inch long. They have been found in extremely high numbers in some crop fields, including corn, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/14/snails-have-invaded-the-western-panhandle/

Cogongrass Spreading in the Panhandle

A recent increase in the spread of cogongrass has landowners scrambling to find ways to stop this invasive plant. There are ways to combat cogongrass, with positive identification and persistent treatment being paramount. Figure 1: From left to right, Cogongrass Infestation, Uneven Mid-Rib, and “Toothpick” Root. Credit: Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Cogongrass (Imperata …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/04/cogongrass-spreading-in-the-panhandle/

Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

Slime Mold Sporangia. Image Courtesy Matthew Orwat Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/frequent-rains-induce-slime-mold-in-panhandle-lawns/

Manatee Sightings in the Panhandle

On May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon near Pensacola. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. Manatee swimming by a pier near Pensacola.Photo: Marsha Stanton There are four species …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/manatee-sightings-in-the-panhandle/

Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes

There are five species of sea turtles that nest from May through October on Florida beaches. The loggerhead, the green turtle and the leatherback all nest regularly in the Panhandle, with the loggerhead being the most frequent visitor.  Two other species, the hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley nest infrequently.  All five species are listed as either …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/sea-turtles-of-the-panhandle-2016-nesting-numbers-and-notes/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/03/our-panhandle-springs-provide-a-magical-experience/

Panhandle Estuaries – National Estuaries Week

Humans have been settling on, and around, coastal estuaries since they first arrived in the panhandle over 10,000 years ago. These bodies of water have provided food and recreation as long as anyone can remember.  They are a magnet for those looking to build homes or businesses – and we continue to be attracted to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/23/panhandle-estuaries-national-estuaries-week/

Panhandle Saltmarshes: Riches Beyond our Dreams

The Florida Panhandle is fortunate to have an abundance of salt marsh habitat fringing many of our coastal environs. Although this habitat may not receive the appreciation it deserves by those seeking a white-sandy beach, it is intricately linked with many of the natural treasures we are blessed with. Salt marshes occur in the ecotone …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/13/panhandle-saltmarshes-riches-beyond-our-dreams/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/31/water-wars-can-we-avoid-it-in-the-panhandle/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/27/explore-the-panhandle-in-a-kayak/

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