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Snorkel the Gulf Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

Photo Credit: Mike Sandler Join the UF/IFAS Natural Resource Extension Agents as we explore the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9 am until 1 pm. Register today at: https://nbsnorkel.eventbrite.com The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary consists of 30 reef structures in the Gulf of Mexico. The whole site is as large as …

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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/

Remember Safety when at the Beach!!

The sugary white sands along the Panhandle, attract millions of visitors to our area throughout the year. It is important for locals and visitors to understand and consider the following tips for safety at the beach. The danger of rip currents far outweighs the danger of having a shark encounter. As a result of past …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/remember-safety-when-at-the-beach/

Be Beach Aware with Jellyfish Out There

Summertime and swimming at the beach just go together naturally in Florida with our state’s more than 1,000 miles of coastline. Many fond memories are created along these salty margins and the Panhandle region of the state has some of the top-rated beaches in the world. It is a great place to experience a relaxing, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/25/be-beach-aware-with-jellyfish-out-there/

Life’s a Beach! Practice Beach Safety and Etiquette

It is that time of year again. Spring Break brings locals and visitors back to the beach for fun in the sun. It is important to remind folks that part of having fun is playing it safe. At the beach, this means knowing and following some pretty basic safety guidelines. Not all beaches have lifeguards …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/12/lifes-a-beach-practice-beach-safety-and-etiquette/

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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/23/nisaw-2016-beach-vitex-in-the-florida-panhandle/

Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Pensacola Beach

  All Photos by Molly O’Connor We began our series on Nature Tourism along the ICW at the Alabama state line on Perdido Key and discussed the ICW itself.  This month we will continue in Escambia County with a visit to Pensacola Beach. The dune fields of panhandle barrier islands are awesome – some reaching …

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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach

Do you have any exotic pets you can no longer care for? Would you like the opportunity to surrender those pets without any penalties or fines? Then join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park for an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Oct. 3 in Fort Walton Beach. This …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/01/exotic-pet-amnesty-day-set-for-oct-3-in-fort-walton-beach/

Invasive Species of the Day (February 23): Kudzu Bugs and Beach Vitex

Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria): Florida is extending a warm welcome to a new pest!  In 2012, the Kudzu bug made its first appearance in our state.  And they are settling in to stay.  The kudzu bug was first documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia.  It has quickly spread throughout the southeast. At …

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An Unwanted Beach Visitor: Beach Vitex

Many beachfront dwellers have intentionally planted beach vitex because of its attractive purple flowers. Photo credit: Rick O’Connor Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are spending more time on our gorgeous Gulf beaches. Sea turtle nesting is in full swing, and everyone gets excited at sightings of dolphins, sharks, and the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/21/an-unwanted-beach-visitor-beach-vitex/

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