Rick O'Connor Sea Grant Extension Agent

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Name: Rick O'Connor
Date registered: March 19, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Horseshoe Crab; the Ancient Mariner — April 11, 2017
  2. Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Training — March 22, 2017
  3. The Boys Are Back in Town — February 28, 2017
  4. 2016 Coastal Marine Life Survey Reports — November 15, 2016
  5. Local Seafood, What’s in Peak Season? November — November 7, 2016

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Horseshoe Crab; the Ancient Mariner

Growing up in this area, I do not remember seeing many horseshoe crabs around here, but I do remember them.  What I actually remember was how common they were further east in the Panama City and St. Joe area.  These animals are big fans of grass beds, as are sea urchins and scallops, and all …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/04/11/horseshoe-crab-the-ancient-mariner/

Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Training

Diamondback terrapins are a flagship species for coastal salt marshes.  In the attempt to assess the health of the Pensacola Bay system, Florida Sea Grant seeks volunteers to help monitor selected beaches in the bay area for the presence of these animals.   Volunteers will need to attend a training to better understand the project …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/03/22/diamondback-terrapin-monitoring-training/

The Boys Are Back in Town

But, should they be? Is it too soon? In other articles I have posted on other sites I have discussed the strange weather we are having this winter and how it may be effecting coastal wildlife. Recently I was driving highway 98 on the west side of the county heading to a meeting on Perdido …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/02/28/the-boys-are-back-in-town/

2016 Coastal Marine Life Survey Reports

Volunteers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have been assisting Florida Sea Grant with surveying our bay area for indicator species.  Bay scallops were once found in high enough numbers to support both a commercial and recreational harvest, but no longer.  Declining water quality, loss of habitat, and overharvesting have made the animal rare in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/11/15/2016-coastal-marine-life-survey-reports/

Local Seafood, What’s in Peak Season? November

As we try to do every month, we will list local seafood that is currently in peak season and should be a good bet for your next tailgate or holiday gathering. Again, we are considering LOCAL seafood as any seafood product that is harvested or cultured within 250 miles of your area – in our …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/11/07/local-seafood-whats-in-peak-season-november/

Burmese Python Hatchlings Found in Florida Keys – snake owners must be careful

Last month three Burmese Python hatchlings were found in Key Largo.  This is concerning.  Burmese Pythons are large snakes – up to 18 ft. – and can eat a wide variety of vertebrate animals – including alligators.  They can certainly cause a problem for local wildlife and pets.  State and federal agencies have had traps placed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/09/26/burmese-python-hatchlings-found-in-florida-keys-snake-owners-must-be-careful/

Water Quality Update – September 23, 2016

Health Advisories – 0 FDEP only sampled one location this week – Bayou Texar – Enterococcus value was 18 colonies / 100ml of sample 9should not be over 104 colonies) Fish Kills – 0 FWC dis not report any fish kills for the Pensacola Bay area for the month of September Red Tide Karenia brevis …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/09/23/water-quality-update-september-23-2016/

Panhandle Estuaries – National Estuaries Week

Humans have been settling on, and around, coastal estuaries since they first arrived in the panhandle over 10,000 years ago. These bodies of water have provided food and recreation as long as anyone can remember.  They are a magnet for those looking to build homes or businesses – and we continue to be attracted to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/09/23/panhandle-estuaries-national-estuaries-week/

Let’s Go Camping!

This past week I was camping at a state park near Gainesville. Working on a variety of computer related items while sitting in my chair, you were acutely attuned to the sounds of life around you.  Small “pat-pat-pat” could be heard in the leaf litter around the tent.  Curious to what it was making the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/09/16/lets-go-camping/

Water Quality Update – Sep 9, 2016

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection only sampled Bayou Texar this week… all looks fine. The Enterococcus bacteria levels (which should not be above 104 colonies / 100ml of sample) was reported at 4 colonies. The Escambia County Health Department sampled both Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach and both were reported as “Good”. There are no fish kills …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/09/09/water-quality-update-sep-9-2016/

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