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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/14/snails-have-invaded-the-western-panhandle/

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/

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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/23/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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/16/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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/08/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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/08/sea-turtles-of-the-panhandle-2016-nesting-numbers-and-notes/

Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Point Washington Walton County

ALL PHOTOS:   MOLLY O’CONNOR Continuing our “ecotour” of the Florida Panhandle along the ICW, this month’s stop is in Walton County. Arguably one of the fastest growing counties in the state, South Walton has become a favorite with many.  Relatively undeveloped (as compared to neighboring counties) Walton has an opportunity to develop smarter… and for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/22/nature-tourism-in-the-panhandle-the-intracoastal-waterway-icw-point-washington-walton-county/

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://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/08/sea-turtles-in-the-florida-panhandle/

Citrus Choices for the Panhandle

The panhandle of Florida is a great place to grow citrus with our plentiful sunshine and sandy soil. But some varieties do better than others. Here are some that thrive in the more northerly climes of Florida: Nagami kumquat. Photo credit: UF/IFAS. Satsuma mandarin is cold hardy to 15°F once established. There are a few …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/05/citrus-choices-for-the-panhandle/

Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Okaloosa County

ALL PHOTOS: MOLLY O’CONNOR   As many of you already know each month we have posted articles about nature tourism locations along the Intracoastal Waterway in the Florida Panhandle. This month we visit coastal Okaloosa County. The Gulfarium in Ft. Walton Beach gives those who do not get a chance to go offshore, or dive, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/22/nature-tourism-in-the-panhandle-intracoastal-waterway-icw-okaloosa-county/

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