Monthly Archive: May 2017

Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System – Introduction

In 2016, Dr. Mike Lewis (U.S. EPA), Taylor Kirschenfeld (Escambia County Division of Water Quality and Land Management), and Traci Goodhart (West Florida Regional Planning Council) published an EPA document (EPA/600/R-16/169) entitled Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation. This 145 page technical report is an excellent …

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Deer Fly Management for Homeowners

A bite from a deer fly (Family Tabanidae) is a truly unpleasant experience. It is not only painful but many people have an allergic reaction that results in a swollen itchy welt at the sight of the bite. Although there are not many management techniques, homeowners can make a trap to help limit some activity …

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Manatee Seen in Big Lagoon

Yep, on May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. There are four species of manatee in the world; the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus …

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The Gulf of Mexico

In this post we will begin a series of articles on the natural history of our marine environment. Many reading this are visiting the Gulf for the first time, others have been swimming in it since they could swim, but many from both groups know very little about the natural history of the Gulf region, …

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Health Advisories Issued for Bayou’s Texar, Chico, and Grande

As expected after a heavy rain, the bacteria levels have increased in the local bayous.  Bayou’s Chico, Texar, and Grande all had levels high enough to have health advisories issued. Enterococcus bacteria are found in the digestive tracts of birds and mammals and are used to monitor sewage in brackish and marine waterways.  Levels should …

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It’s May… and the Official Beginning of Turtle Season

Almost everyone who lives along the beaches of Escambia County is aware that May is the beginning of sea turtle season – but it is actually the beginning of nesting season for most of Florida’s turtles. Florida is one of the most turtle species rich locations on the planet.  25 species call Florida home, 22 …

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Zoysiagrass Workshop for Horticulture Industry professionals

Zoysiagrass is becoming a very popular turf for new lawns and developments.  Beyond the installation, do you as a landscape maintenance professional know how to properly care for zoysiagrass so that it continues to grow well and look appealing after installation?  Plan to attend the Evidence-based Zoysiagrass Management workshop to learn about specific care techniques …

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Spring Showers? Use Whole Grain Flours.

Wedding showers, baby showers, graduation parties – let’s face it, about half the celebration is based on the food that is served. Trays and plates of tasty morsels include a variety of colors, textures, sizes, and tastes. Why not include some healthy, whole grain options to join in on the fun? Whole grain foods contain …

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