Carrie Stevenson

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Name: Carrie Stevenson
Date registered: February 2, 2012

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  1. Weekly “What is it?”: Juvenile Bats — July 24, 2013
  2. Weekly “What Is It?”: Safe Rooms — May 23, 2013
  3. Weekly “What is it?”: Killdeer — April 29, 2013
  4. Weekly What Is It: Native Azaleas — April 8, 2013
  5. Weekly “What is it?”: Spiderworts — February 8, 2013

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Weekly “What is it?”: Juvenile Bats

They named him “Lestat.” But unlike his bloodsucking namesake, the little Seminole bat clinging to the bricks of a campus building was purely interested in mama’s milk.  Later on, he will develop a taste for insects, as his mother teaches him to fly and capture bugs on his own. I was introduced to the young …

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Weekly “What Is It?”: Safe Rooms

With storms in the news and hurricane season nearly upon us, I’m diverging a bit from my normal topics to address a different kind of “what is it?” I grew up in east central Mississippi, at the heart of a smaller, less well-known tornado hotspot sometimes known as “Dixie Alley” that runs through the Deep South …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/ffl/2013/05/23/weekly-what-is-it-safe-rooms/

Weekly “What is it?”: Killdeer

Twice in the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of running across the charming killdeer (Charadrius vociferous), a species of bird related to the endangered plovers often found on area beaches.  While they may also live near the water, killdeer are commonly found inland.  Killdeer have several identifying features, including short bills, brown and white bodies, and two …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/ffl/2013/04/29/weekly-what-is-it-killdeer/

Weekly What Is It: Native Azaleas

While most of the azaleas in my neighborhood have had an early first bloom, if you visit a forested wetland in our area right now you might be treated with the delicate blossoms of one of our native azaleas.  On a recent Panhandle Outdoors LIVE trip to the swamp boardwalk at Weeks Bay National Estuarine …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Spiderworts

This week’s feature is a pretty little plant (considered a weed by most) that most people have encountered in their yards or on roadsides.  The native spiderwort (genus Tradescantia)  is a perennial flower that grows in clusters, often in moist soils.  The plant can be identified quickly by its triad of  violet petals and bright green, straplike leaves.  …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Leaf galls

As an ecologist and often the token “outdoorsy” person in any given crowd, people often point to a plant or animal or describe something they’ve seen and ask me, “What is it?”  I relish these small opportunities to teach my family and friends about the fascinating things they can find in nature.  To that end, …

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This Week in FFL

“Nature will bear the closest inspection.  She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plan.” – Henry David Thoreau Are you interested in getting an “insect view” of the flora and fauna around you, and learning how humans interrelate with the larger ecosystem?  If so, a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/ffl/2012/08/08/this-week-in-ffl-2/

This Week in FFL

Ladybug rain barrel

Our next event is a rain barrel workshop, held in conjunction with the City of Pensacola.  Why use a rain barrel?  These 58-gallon food grade barrels can be installed to capture rainwater off your roof and reused in a garden or yard.  During a 1-inch rainstorm, a typical home can produce 600 gallons of runoff! …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/ffl/2012/06/28/this-week-in-ffl/