Ecotourism

Cooking from the Estuary

Shrimp, blue crab and many species of fish depend on our local estuaries. Places like Perdido, Pensacola and Escambia Bays, Bayous Texar, Grande and Chico and Big Lagoon are home to local seafood species.   In celebration of National Estuaries Week, UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant and Family and Consumer Sciences will offer the “Cooking …

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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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Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Flier May 14 – 15, 2016 Lionfish tastings Fillet demonstrations Family activities Celebrity chefs Raffles and prizes Conservation vendors Visit:  http://ReefRangers.com/Event-info  

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Panhandle Outdoors 2016

  Northwest Florida is considered one  of the top six biodiversity hotspots in the country. The reasons why begin with our unique water features. Join us to explore these waters and learn more about the Panhandle’s hidden ecological treasures!   DETAILS & REGISTRATION: Several options are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panhandle- outdoors-live-weeks-bay-estuary-water- school-tickets-22656298599 Contact Rick O’Connor at  …

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Snorkeling… 5 Ways to Safely Enjoy Our Nearshore Snorkel Reefs

It’s that time of year… the air is warming and spring break has begun. Crowds of locals and visitors have begun to descend on area beaches to enjoy the panhandle sunshine and waterways, and safety is always a concern.   One of the many water activities visitors can enjoy are snorkeling our nearshore reefs. From …

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Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – Pensacola Beach

Photos by Molly O’Connor We began our series on Nature Tourism along the ICW at the Alabama state line on Perdido Key and discussed the ICW itself.  This month we will continue in Escambia County with a visit to Pensacola Beach. BARRIER ISLANDS Pensacola Beach is on Santa Rosa Island.  The longest barrier island in …

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Panhandle Outdoors LIVE! – Watershed School – Week’s Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Mobile Bay?… part of the Florida panhandle?… Really?… Well… yes… during the colonial period “West Florida” extended west to the Biloxi area and besides, all western panhandlers know we are really “lower Alabama”; we hear it a million times a year… so YES, it’s part of the Florida panhandle! We’ll go with it. Approximately 35 …

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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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