Tag Archive: wildlife monitoring

Training for Monitoring Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback terrapins are the only brackish water turtles in the United States.  They prefer salt marshes and can be used as an indicator of the health of our bay.  To that end Sea Grant Agent Rick O’Connor provides training on how to monitor our bay for the occurrence of this neat creature, and coordinates the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/03/19/training-for-monitoring-diamondback-terrapins/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/03/11/an-ancient-mariner-the-horseshoe-crab/