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Copperheads and Cottonmouths

The coloration of this juvenile cottonmouth explains why many locals call them "copperheads".  Photo: Rick O'Connor

Growing up in Northwest Florida I always understood that the “copperhead” and the “moccasin” were two different venomous snakes.  As I grew older and talked with locals, I have found that the name “copperhead” is often used when talking about moccasins.  I was puzzled by the confusion, I thought they looked completely different, but now …

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2013 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (March 2-8)

Invasive species are non-native or exotic species that do not naturally occur in an area and cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.  These invasive species have become the number one threat to biodiversity on protected lands.  However, invasive species do not know boundaries and as a result public and private lands …

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Swamps in Escambia County

The term swamp brings to mind a dark place, full of large spooky trees, overhanging with Spanish Moss, still… green… stagnate water that has the odor of rotten eggs.  It is quiet with little wind blowing at all.  What noises you do hear are the shrill of some strange bird, the croak of a large …

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Bogs in Northwest Florida

The term bog brings to mind something similar to the term swamp… how is it different? Swamps generally have standing water most of the year; a bog appears dry… until you walk in it and then you then discover that it is wet and mucky.  It is a wetland with moist hydric soils that squish …

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Wetlands of Escambia County

Wetlands have been protected in the state of Florida since the 1970’s.  The reason for this legislation was that scientists and agencies realized their biological value.  It is hard to imagine a state as wet as Florida having drinking water issues, but in fact many areas are.  Science has found that wetlands hold and trap …

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Perdido River Survey

Panhandle Outdoors Live Perdido River Field Trip Survey Please click the link above and take a moment to tell us about your experiences on the tour in which you participated.

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Woodlands of Escambia County

Tall pines and small palmettos

LONGLEAF PINE FOREST   During the colonial period of our country longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) dominated the landscape of the southeastern United States.  During William Bartram’s visits in the late 18th century he described a forest landscape of pines where you could see for miles.  As a matter of fact many travelers from the northeast …

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Welcome to Wild Escambia

Escambia County’s Natural History   Escambia is the 18th largest county in the state of Florida and home to one of the state’s larger estuarine systems; Pensacola Bay.  Of the 876 mi2 of area in the county, 662 mi2 is dry ground and 213 mi2 is water.  The elongated shape of the county is about …

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