Panhandle Outdoors

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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Oil Spill Science: Five years later, what have we learned?

The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. This article addresses the five most common questions. QUESTION #1: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat? Ongoing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/22/oil-spill-science-five-years-later-what-have-we-learned/

Hunting Diamondback Terrapins in Alabama

Many folks are putting together a “bucket list” of things they would like to do or see before they can no longer do them. For many interested in natural resources there are certain national parks and scenic places they would like to visit.  Other natural resource fans have a list of wildlife species they would like to …

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Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day – April 10

This gopher tortoise was found in the dune fields on a barrier island – an area where they were once found. Photo: DJ Zemenick The state of Florida has designated Sunday April 10 as “Gopher Tortoise Day”.  The objective is to bring awareness to this declining species and, hopefully, an interest in protecting it.   …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/celebrate-gopher-tortoise-day-april-10/

Discover the Beauty and Role of Native Aquatic Plants – in Your Own Pond

A stand of purple flowers called “False Dragon-Heads (Physostegia spp.) growing along the St. Marks River. They are behind a stand of pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) that has not yet bloomed. This is the time of year when gardens burst forth with lush green growth and colorful flowers.  With a little planning and management, your backyard …

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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://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/remember-safety-when-at-the-beach/

Water Conservation in the Landscape

  Extension agent Janet Bargar checks the water flow and direction of a pop-up irrigation system at a home. (AP photo/University of Florida/Josh Wickham) Early spring is a great time of year to reevaluate your lawn and landscape water needs. University of Florida studies have shown that in homes utilizing automatic sprinkler systems, 50% of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/water-conservation-in-the-landscape/

Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway – Navarre

All Photos:  Molly O’Connor   In this monthly series of highlighting outdoor adventures in the Florida Panhandle, we are visiting locations along the Intracoastal Waterway; from the Alabama State line to the Aucilla River.  In January we wrote about Perdido Key, last month we visited Pensacola Beach, this month we move east along Santa Rosa …

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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://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/25/be-beach-aware-with-jellyfish-out-there/

Rescuing Bald Eagle Chicks – a community effort

The majestic bald eagle. Their numbers are increasing along the Florida Panhandle.Photo: Pensacola New Journal ARTICLE BY DOROTHY KAUFMANN – Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida   Orphaned bald eagles are being fostered by two non-releasable adult eagles at the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida.   The amazing story of these eagles began on St. George …

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