Wildlife Conservation

Night Lighting: Become Wildlife Friendly

Many of you have heard this before – artificial lighting on the beach is bad for sea turtles – so this article is nothing new. However, this article will expand to discuss the problem with night lighting in general. Yes, it is true – sea turtles struggle with evening lighting. They prefer to conduct their …

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1st Annual Banquet

  Quality Deer Management Association – Escambia Branch   1st Annual Banquet When:  Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Where:  Skopelos at New World Landing 600 S Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Tickets: $50 Singer,  $75 Couple (price includes meal and QDMA membership or renewal!) Sponsor, Corporate and youth tickets also available. For …

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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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Moving UF/IFAS Extension Forward – Join us December 7th

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Those Terrific Terrapins

They are marvelous creatures and there are very few panhandle residents who know what they are. My wife and I were introduced to Diamondback Terrapins by George Heinrich in 2005. George was the president of a nonprofit, Florida Turtle Conservation Trust, and a member of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group, a national group of terrapin …

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4-H Bat House Relocated to New Home

Thousands of bats have a new address to call home. Today, crews from Navy Federal Credit Union’s general contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Company installed the bat house on its new foundation on the Escambia County 4-H property, located at 5681 Chalker Road in Molino. According to UF IFAS Extension Agent Carrie Stevenson, the bat house …

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Sea Turtles and “Leave No Trace”

In August of 2015 the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners adopted a new ordinance to address the issue of chairs, tents, coolers, and other debris left on the beach overnight. The issue with these items is that they impede sea turtle nesting and are a hazard for maintenance and safety crews working the beach …

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Bringing the Indigo Back to the Panhandle

With great interest I read this week that the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in central Florida has begun a project to reintroduce the federally listed Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais cooper) to the Florida Panhandle; where there have been no verified sightings since the late ‘90s. The Eastern Indigo is the largest nonvenomous snake …

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The Mystery on Seahorse Key

First let me explain that Seahorse Key is not in the Florida Panhandle but the story is interesting and a similar phenomena could occur here. Seahorse Key is an isolated island 3.6 miles southwest of Cedar Key in Florida’s Big Bend. There is a science lab owned and maintained by the University of Florida and …

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Guess Who’s Expecting?

We are! We are expecting you to attend the Sea Turtle Baby Shower, Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 PM at Park West. Join Escambia 4-H, Sea Grant, and other community organizations for this annual education and outreach event highlighting our local sea turtles. For more information contact Rick O’Connor at (850) 475-5230 or roc1@ufl.edu

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