Monthly Archive: September 2013

Heavy Rain Brings Water Quality Concerns; Part 3 of 5 – Living Shorelines

Since the early days of statehood humans in Florida have been altering shorelines to suffice their economic or domestic concerns.  Like so many who came after them, the idea that waste could be diluted by discharging into waterways was common thought.  The removal of vegetated buffers along shorelines significant increased point and nonpoint discharge in …

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Webs in Trees

Fall Webworms are active in local trees but are not a concern at this time of year.  Caterpillars are feeding on leaves and trees may not look their best as a result, but they will survive just fine.  If you can reach the webs and caterpillars you may try to physically remove them but insecticides and …

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Heavy Rain Brings Water Quality Concerns; Part 2 of 5: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Last week, Rick discussed how a wide range of pollutants contained in stormwater can cause increases in bacteria, algae, and turbidity in local water bodies. Part 2 of our Water Quality series relates to the Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) program.  Begun in Escambia County in 2003, the aim of FFL is to reduce the contributions …

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REQUEST FOR SNAKE SIGHTINGS

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for help in tracking the occurrence of four species of snakes.  The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the Florida pine snake, the short-tailed snake, and the southern hognose snake.  All four snakes are considered rare and are listed with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory .  The purpose of …

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Heavy Rain Brings Water Quality Concerns – Part I of 5: Introduction

During the past two summers Pensacola saw extensive rainfall.  Residents will often notice the increase in turbid (muddy) water.  This is sometimes followed by health advisories and, in extreme cases, fish kills.  Residents and visitors alike become concerned about how safe it is to swim and fish in these waters and their use declines.  These …

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Eat More … Veggies

Eat more vegetables for your health Vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  When included as part of a well-balanced diet and a healthy active lifestyle, vegetables can help:  lower your cholesterol, reduce obesity and maintain a healthy weight, and lower your blood pressure.  Vegetables contain phytochemicals that help to lower risk …

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Fruit Frenzy

Since the warmer days of summer are still with us, bring on the cool refreshment of fruit.  Now is still the time to delight in fruit’s tasty, healthy goodness. Reduce Risk and Protect A healthy diet that is rich in fruits may reduce risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and may protect …

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Escambia County 4-H Executive Board Meeting

Escambia County 4-H Foundation Executive Board Meeting Date:  Friday, September 13, 2013 Time:  11:30 am Place:  Escambia County Extension Auditorium   Agenda: I. Financial Report for 2013 II. Budget Report for 2013/14 III. New 4-H Building Update IV. Fundraising V. Grants VI. Other Business

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Fall Coastal Master Naturalist Class Starting Soon!

Want to get a firsthand look at northwest Florida’s coastal environments? Check out the Florida Master Naturalist Program for a hands-on learning experience this fall! Join UF IFAS Escambia and Santa Rosa County Extension agents to learn more about Florida’s natural resources! The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is a hands-on learning experience for adults. The FMNP both informs and …

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Master Gardener Vounteer Training Program

Applications are now available for the 2014 Master Gardener Training classes.  University of Florida IFAS Escambia Extension is looking for people who want to learn about gardening in our area and give back to the community through educational activities.  You may email bbolles@ufl.edu or call 475-5230 to learn more about the Master Gardener program or …

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