Rick O'Connor Sea Grant Extension Agent

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Name: Rick O'Connor
Date registered: March 19, 2012

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  1. The American Alligator: a new nuisance for the panhandle? — September 15, 2017
  2. DNA Barcoding Our Way into Understanding the Lionfish Problem — September 8, 2017
  3. Night Lighting: Become Wildlife Friendly — September 2, 2017
  4. Biodiversity in Our Bay — August 25, 2017
  5. So What’s Good with Local Seafood? — August 18, 2017

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The American Alligator: a new nuisance for the panhandle?

I recently saw a photograph of an American Alligator (Alligator mississppiensis) crossing Perdido Key Drive on a heavy rain day.  This encounter would surprise some, and unnerve many.  The majority of the nuisance wildlife calls I receive are for snakes.  I have never received a call for an alligator but no doubt, my colleagues in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/15/the-american-alligator-a-new-nuisance-for-the-panhandle/

DNA Barcoding Our Way into Understanding the Lionfish Problem

In the late 1980’s a few exotic lionfish were found off the coast of Dania Florida. I do not think anyone foresaw the impact this was going to have.  Producing tens of thousands of drifting eggs per female each week, they began to disperse following the Gulf Stream.  First in northeast Florida, then the Carolina’s, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/08/dna-barcoding-our-way-into-understanding-the-lionfish-problem/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/02/night-lighting-become-wildlife-friendly/

Biodiversity in Our Bay

The term biodiversity has multiple meanings. Some look at it terms of genetics, others ecosystems, but most look at it in terms of species.  Simply put, it is the variety of life within a system.  The system could be on a small scale, such as a pond, or on a larger one such an ocean.

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/08/25/biodiversity-in-our-bay/

So What’s Good with Local Seafood?

Actually, if you like seafood – it’s all good! However, not everyone does and sometimes when this question is asked they are interested in not how it taste but where the seafood came from.

In recent years, there has been a move across the country to learn more about where their food comes from. Whether …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/08/18/so-whats-good-with-local-seafood/

Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem

Since the early 1970’s, when Chief Iron Eyes Cody shed a tear on a television commercial, we have been trying to reduce the amount of solid waste found along our beaches and within our waters.   Though numerous agencies and civic groups, led by the Ocean Conservancy, have held beach and underwater clean ups over the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/08/11/trying-to-solve-the-marine-debris-problem/

Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

 

Also known as the Water Moccasin, this is a snake that is all too familiar with most Floridians… Or is it? Several non-venomous water snakes are often confused with the cottonmouth and are thus killed.  That said, cottonmouths are common in the state near areas of water and many residents do have encounters with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/07/31/cottonmouth-agkistrodon-piscivorus/

The Health Advisory Bug; Enterococcus faecalis

Water quality is a concern for many in the Pensacola Bay area. Our bay has had many human induced stressors over the decades but “swimming alerts” or “health advisories” are of primary concern.

Health advisories are issued when indicator bacteria levels reach a high point. These bacteria are what care called fecal bacteria due to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/07/02/the-health-advisory-bug-enterococcus-faecalis/

Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System – Introduction

In 2016, Dr. Mike Lewis (U.S. EPA), Taylor Kirschenfeld (Escambia County Division of Water Quality and Land Management), and Traci Goodhart (West Florida Regional Planning Council) published an EPA document (EPA/600/R-16/169) entitled Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation. This 145 page technical report is an excellent …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/05/30/environmental-quality-of-the-pensacola-bay-system-introduction/

Sea Turtles Found in Escambia County

TEXT DEVELOPED BY SARAH STOLER

 

Sea turtles can be identified from other species of Florida turtles first by their large size; many adults are 300 lbs or more and have a shell length of 3-4 ft.  However, like other turtles, they begin life small.  Small sea turtles differ in that their limbs appear as …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/05/04/sea-turtles-found-in-escambia-county/

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