citizen science

Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound Scallop Search Postponed Due to Bad Water Conditions

The first of two bay scallop searches set up by Florida Sea Grant in Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound will be postponed.  The first was scheduled for this Saturday – June 24 – but water conditions as result of the recent weather have made snorkeling for scallops almost impossible; the water visibility is zero.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/22/big-lagoon-and-santa-rosa-sound-scallop-search-postponed-due-to-bad-water-conditions/

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/

Restoring Healthy Estuaries – Update

Restoring our estuary to a more healthy state is of interest to many in our community.  The Sea Grant Program in Escambia County is trying to provide both education and training to help local citizens better understand what problems we have, solutions that may help mitigate them, and train citizens to assist in monitoring our …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/05/21/restoring-healthy-estuaries-update/

Florida Master Naturalist class starting soon!

Want a firsthand look at northwest Florida’s wetland habitats? Register now for the Florida Master Naturalist Program’s hands-on learning experience this spring. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is a hands-on learning experience for adults. The FMNP both informs and prepares individuals to share information about Florida’s natural areas and environmental history. Classes will begin …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/02/10/florida-master-naturalist-class-starting-soon/

Ocean Hour Beach Clean Up – AUG 1 – Park East on Pensacola Beach

Join other volunteers helping to keep our beaches clean and logging data as to what are biggest problems are.  OCEAN HOUR is a program developed by CLEANPEACE where local volunteers clean the beach for one hour every Saturday.  This Saturday August 1 OCEAN HOUR will clean the beach at Park East on Pensacola Beach.  Everyone …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/07/31/ocean-hour-beach-clean-up-aug-1-park-east-on-pensacola-beach/

THE INAUGURAL GREAT SCALLOP SEARCH

Florida Sea Grant is looking for volunteers with boats and snorkel gear to help survey the scallop population in the Pensacola area.  There will be two events – Aug 1 in Santa Rosa Sound and Aug 8 in Big Lagoon.  Volunteers will need to work in teams of 3-4 / boat to conduct their surveys …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/07/26/the-inaugural-great-scallop-search/

4-H Animal Science Projects Promote Life Skills Development

4-H is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth. It is the youth development program of Florida Cooperative Extension, which is a part of the University of Florida IFAS. The Florida Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/04/13/4-h-animal-science-projects-promote-life-skills-development/