Monthly Archive: July 2015

Ghost Crabs… raiders of the night

  For locals along the coast ghost crabs are as common as mockingbirds and mourning doves. Before Ivan, when the dunes were larger and closer to the road, viewing the white crabs scurrying across the road at night in your headlights forced all into defensive driving maneuvers. And for those who have ever tried to …

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Ocean Hour Beach Clean Up – AUG 1 – Park East on Pensacola Beach

Join other volunteers helping to keep our beaches clean and logging data as to what are biggest problems are.  OCEAN HOUR is a program developed by CLEANPEACE where local volunteers clean the beach for one hour every Saturday.  This Saturday August 1 OCEAN HOUR will clean the beach at Park East on Pensacola Beach.  Everyone …

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THE INAUGURAL GREAT SCALLOP SEARCH

Florida Sea Grant is looking for volunteers with boats and snorkel gear to help survey the scallop population in the Pensacola area.  There will be two events – Aug 1 in Santa Rosa Sound and Aug 8 in Big Lagoon.  Volunteers will need to work in teams of 3-4 / boat to conduct their surveys …

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Back by popular demand…the Rain Barrel Workshop!

Want to learn more about how to protect our local waterways from pollution while conserving water yourself? Join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 10 am for an informative workshop on ways to prevent stormwater runoff and build your own rain barrel at the same time! The workshop will be held at the Bayview Senior Center, …

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Hydroponic Veggies: Made in the Shade

Growing Vegetables Hydroponically under Open Shade Structures The Small Farms Academy in Live Oak will offer Hydroponic Veggies: Made in the Shade on Thursday July 23, 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This workshop is for farmers interested in learning about using open shade structures to extend their vegetable production season. The program will feature …

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Master Gardener Program Open House

If you are interested in the Master Gardener volunteer program, plan to attend the open house on Wednesday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. to learn about training classes and community activities.  Master Gardeners are the volunteer educators with the University of Florida Escambia County Extension. Master Gardener Volunteer Program Open House Flyer

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Looks like a Typical Year for the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

What is the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone you ask? Well…it’s a layer of hypoxic water (low in dissolved oxygen) on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It was first detected in the 1970’s but reached its peak in size in the 1990’s. The low levels of dissolved oxygen decrease the amount of marine …

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Biosecurity and Avian Influenza Seminar

The Panhandle Poultry Club and UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension will be hosting a free seminar on Biosecurity and Avian Influenza July 16th at 6:30pm at the Langley Bell 4-H Center. (3730 Stefani Road, Cantonment FL 32533)   Presenters include: Jennifer Glover, Poultry Program Manager, Division of Animal Industries, FL Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Ryan …

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NOAA Seeks Comments on Red Snapper Reallocation

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 28 of the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.  They are considering an action to reallocate the red snapper harvest in the Gulf of Mexico.  If you would like to comment electronically visit www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAANMFS-2013-0146.  …

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Guess Who’s Expecting?

We are! We are expecting you to attend the Sea Turtle Baby Shower, Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 PM at Park West. Join Escambia 4-H, Sea Grant, and other community organizations for this annual education and outreach event highlighting our local sea turtles. For more information contact Rick O’Connor at (850) 475-5230 or roc1@ufl.edu

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