Panhandle Outdoors

Finding Common Ground on Climate Change

This solar-powered bicycle rental facility provides a healthy alternative to driving around a large city. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension Climate change is one of those topics that most people don’t want to think much about. It can be overwhelming, it can be controversial, and it can be downright frightening. A year ago, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/14/finding-common-ground-on-climate-change/

Snorkeling Safety at the Jetty

The St Andrew Bay pass jetty is more like a close family friend than a collection of granite boulders. The rocks protect the inlet ensuring the vital connections of commerce and recreation. One of the treasured spots along the jetty is known locally as the “kiddie pool”, which is accessible from St Andrew’s State Park. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/14/snorkeling-safety-at-the-jetty/

The Summer of Sharks

I am calling this “Summer of Sharks” as if this summer is more of a problem than others are. In fact, it is not… no more, so than any other summer –so we could call any summer the “summer of sharks”.   “Shark Fever” is more correlated with when and how the press covers the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/12/the-summer-of-sharks/

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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/30/our-panhandle-springs-provide-a-magical-experience/

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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/17/the-status-of-commercial-fishing-and-aquaculture-in-the-u-s-and-florida/

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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/17/ecotourism-in-northwest-florida/

A Florida Native; Tape Grass

Article by Gadsden County Extension Agent DJ Zadarreyal   Vallisneria americana, also known as tape grass or eel grass, is a common native aquatic weed in the state of Florida. Tape grass has tall, grass-like leaves that are a light green in coloration and rise vertically from the crown to the top of the water. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/09/a-florida-native-tape-grass/

Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was one of the worst natural disasters in our country’s history. Photo: Gulf Sea Grant   We are pleased to announce the release of a pair of new bulletins outlining how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the popular marine animals dolphins and sea turtles. To read these and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/09/sea-grant-publications-on-the-impacts-of-the-bp-oil-spill/

Am I Living in a Floodplain?

Floods are a common concern in many areas of the U.S. Gulf coastal residents should be particularly aware. Floods may come in the form of flash floods, which come with little warning. Other flood conditions come on slower, as with large thunder storm fronts and tropical storms. With hurricane season not far away, it’s a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/09/am-i-living-in-a-floodplain/

Look Who Is Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf side, near the gate to Ft. Pickens. This is certainly not something you see every day. Alligator basking on the Escambia River; photo: Molly O’Connnor Two questions came up… One, Is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/08/look-who-is-enjoying-the-beach-this-spring-an-alligator/

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