Monthly Archive: September 2015

4-H Bat House Relocated to New Home

Thousands of bats have a new address to call home. Today, crews from Navy Federal Credit Union’s general contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Company installed the bat house on its new foundation on the Escambia County 4-H property, located at 5681 Chalker Road in Molino. According to UF IFAS Extension Agent Carrie Stevenson, the bat house …

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Water Quality Update – September 25, 2015

All looks pretty good! Salinities are still higher than normal for some locations but no issues really. Oxygen looks fine and bacteria levels are low. Good times. WE WILL BE ADDING THE HIGH SCHOOL DATA BEGINNING TODAY. Washington High monitors Bayou Texar, West Florida monitors upper Perdido Bay, and Escambia will begin monitoring bayou Grande …

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National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do

In the last edition in this series we discussed some of the issues and problems our estuaries are facing. For the final edition for National Estuaries Week we want to leave you with some ideas on you can help improve things.   The first issue we dealt with was eutrophication – or nutrient overloading. The …

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National Estuaries Week! – Problems in Our Bays

I don’t want this to sound like a “Debbie Downer”… but there are problems with our estuaries and panhandle residents should be aware of them. There are things you can do to correct them – which we will discuss in the final issues of this series – but you need to understand the problem to …

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National Estuaries Week! – Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

As we come towards the end of National Estuaries Week we will now look at some issues our estuaries are facing. Sea level rise is one that generates a variety of responses from the public. For some it is of concern, something we need to be planning for and need to spend more research dollars …

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National Estuaries Week! – Our Ports

Many may not know that one of the reasons the Spanish selected Pensacola as the site of for their first settlement in the Gulf of Mexico was the deep water port. As mentioned in the first issue in this series, the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico are drowned river valleys and are typically very …

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Volunteering In 4-H Educates and Inspires Youth and Adults – Join Us!

  4-H means diversity in Florida… If you thought you knew all about 4H, think again. 4-H has evolved since its inception in the early 1900’s. While the principles have  remained constant, the activities and projects have kept pace with the times to   appeal to new generations of youth. 4-H is not just a program …

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National Estuaries Week! – Ecotourism

A couple of years a few agencies in south Alabama put together something they called the Alabama Birding Trail. It was a relatively simple idea really – they developed a brochure that marked different locations where visitors could enjoy birding in the two county area. They had large signs posted at those locations so that …

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National Estuaries Week! – Seafood

Yea, seafood… who doesn’t like seafood… actually, based on a small scale survey I conducted with marine science students over the last 28 years I have found a slight increase in the number of those who do not. Curious about this, I followed up by asking whether their concern was seafood safety or other. Almost …

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National Estuaries Week! – What is an Estuary?

Welcome to National Estuaries Week! Each year in the fall NOAA and other agencies try to educate residents about estuaries. The vast majority of humans on our planet live on, or near, an estuary – many not realizing the importance those bodies of water have on our economy and quality of life. We live on …

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