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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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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Alligators Become More Active in Spring

The American Alligator is an icon of the state of Florida. Viewed on the program “Swamp People” and as the mascot of the University of Florida, most visitors to our state see this animal more on television than in the wild; but they are certainly there. In need of mates and calories from the lack …

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2014 Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa are pleased to announce that the 2014 Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference will be held at Adventures Unlimited in Milton, Florida November 5-6. The conference will be an exciting blend of …

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Extension’s Role in the Community

  For 100 years, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension has been enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making University research accessible to the public. UF/IFAS Extension is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences. UF/IFAS …

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend… FWC Releases 2013 Boating Accident Statistics

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend boating will increase all across the panhandle.  Last year 62 people lost their lives to boating accidents in the state of Florida, and there have been 11 recorded already in 2014.  FWC reports that not having a lookout is the leading cause of accidents and drowning is …

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Improving Water Quality: Part 5 of 5 – Monitoring

In our five part series on improving water quality in Pensacola Bay we have discussed the problems our bay is facing, how you can re-landscape your yard to reduce runoff, how to develop a living shoreline if you are a waterfront property owner, and how boaters and marinas can reduce their impact.  The last installment …

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for help in tracking the occurrence of four species of snakes.  The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the Florida pine snake, the short-tailed snake, and the southern hognose snake.  All four snakes are considered rare and are listed with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory .  The purpose of …

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Heavy Rain Brings Water Quality Concerns – Part I of 5: Introduction

During the past two summers Pensacola saw extensive rainfall.  Residents will often notice the increase in turbid (muddy) water.  This is sometimes followed by health advisories and, in extreme cases, fish kills.  Residents and visitors alike become concerned about how safe it is to swim and fish in these waters and their use declines.  These …

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