Escambia County Extension Calendar

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Health Advisories Issued for Local Waters

Six stations were sampled this week by the Florida Department of Health – all six had high levels of bacteria.  Health advisories were issued for all.  This is due to excessive rain during Hurricane Nate.  Those bodies of water are: Bayou Texar Bayou Chico Bayou Grande Big Lagoon State Park Quietwater Beach Sanders Beach

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Groundwater Quality in the Pensacola Bay Area

As we continue our series on environmental quality in the Pensacola Bay system, we now discuss our ground water.   Pensacola is an old, historic town and it has a long history with a working waterfront. Human activities over the course of our history have discharged a variety of products into our local waterways.  Too …

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In Search of Horseshoe Crabs

Back in the spring, I wrote an article about the natural history of this ancient animal. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is interested in the status of horseshoe crabs and they need to know locations where they are breeding – and Florida Sea Grant is trying to help. If you are not …

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HALLOWEED! Help Us Report Invasive Plants in the Pensacola Bay Area

Halloweed is an invasive plan program that is modeled after the Audubon Christmas Bird Count – just a different topic and a different holiday! What we hope to achieve with this program is update the EDDmaps website that many managers and locals use to track the occurrence of invasive species. This year we are focusing …

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Escambia County FL Sea Grant Agent Awarded

Rick O’Connor, Florida Sea Grant Agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Escambia County, has been awarded the 2017 Don Sweat Sea Grant Extension Award. The award is presented annually to a Florida Sea Grant agent who takes initiative, creativity, and leadership in his or her extension program. His programs include topics on coastal invasive and nuisance species, …

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Escambia County 4-H Foundation, Inc. Executive Committee Meeting

Escambia County 4-H Foundation, Inc. Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m., and the Executive Committee meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Langley Bell 4-H Center – located at 3730 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL.  For further questions, please contact Susan Hendrix @ shendrix@ufl.edu or 850-475-5230.

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The Benefits of a Living Shoreline

Imagine this… You are a sailor on a 16th century Spanish galleon anchored in a Florida Bay south of Tampa. You, along with others, are ordered to go ashore for a scouting trip to set up a base camp.  You transfer over to a small skiff and row ashore to find a forest of root …

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Microplastics Awareness Month

For almost 40 years, the Ocean Conservancy has held the International Coastal Cleanup in September. Across the planet hundreds of thousands of volunteers clean marine debris from their shorelines.  The data collected is used by local agencies to manage this problem; such as discontinuing the use of pull tops from aluminum cans.  In the last …

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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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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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