Environmental Education

Solar PV: Is it for me?

University of Florida Extension in Escambia County is partnering with the UF IFAS Extension in Leon County, SunFarm Energy, and Compass Solar Energy to sponsor a 3-hour primer on solar photovoltaic (PV) [electricity from solar panels]. Remote instructors include solar professionals with Independent Green Technologies, City of Tallahassee Utilities, Talquin Electric Cooperative and the Leon …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/03/08/solar-pv-is-it-for-me/

Wait Until April for Lawn Fertilizer

Many of us want an attractive lawn this season and recent warm weather encourages us to act now. Be cautious not to act too quickly with your fertilizer application. Despite warmer temperatures, it is still the recommendation to wait until April for applying nitrogen fertilizer. UF studies show that nitrogen applied before April 15 easily …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/03/03/wait-until-april-for-lawn-fertilizer/

Solitary Bees Make Their Return

Consider yourself lucky this year if your landscape is found to be a suitable spot for one of our solitary bees. Late winter and spring are the times when these beneficial bees begin their development, causing interest and concern for many homeowners. The majority of bee species do not produce a colony. The solitary bees …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/02/15/solitary-bees-make-their-return/

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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Irrigation and Crop Management

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sam and Scott Walker’s Farm | Intersection of Hwy 99 & Melvin Road in Oak Grove, FL The location is about ¾ mile south of the Oak Grove Baptist Church located at 2600 N Hwy 99 McDavid (or Century depending on your gps) TOPICS Interpretation …

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The Lionfish Tournament is Over… What Now?

The recent Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day was a big success.  8,089 lionfish were removed over that weekend and over 6000 visitors are now more aware of the issue this invasive fish is causing in our waters.  But did it help?  Did this tournament make a large dent in the local population? Honestly, we are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/05/27/the-lionfish-tournament-is-over-what-now/

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/

4-H SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Summer brings great opportunities for youth to engage in adventures and educational experiences beyond the classroom environment. 4-H offers hands on learning opportunities through day camps and residential camp each year. This year we will offer camps that teach our community’s youth about the environment and wildlife, aerospace, heritage arts like sewing and canning, civic …

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Spring Garden Festival

SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL, Saturday, May 7 – 8:00 a.m. – Noon Join Escambia County Master Gardeners for garden demonstrations, plant information, and a plant sale this Saturday morning. Tour the beautiful gardens and ask one of the many volunteers about Florida Friendly plants and practices. Event will include children’s activities and the McGuire’s Pipe Band. …

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An Ancient Mariner… the horseshoe crab

Talk about weird and cool at the same time! The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest living species we have in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fossils of this animal date back to almost 500 million years… this is before there was such a thing as fish!  The separating of Pangea, the rise and fall of …

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