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Sea Grant Notes – April 10, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus, and SO many programs and projects on hold, we have changed the format for Sea Grant Notes to address what is going on. 

All UF IFAS extension programs, meetings, site visits, and volunteer programs are suspended until MID-MAY. 

 

YOUTH SCIENCE LESSONS

Will continue this week – Monday thru Thursday.

You will be able to find these on the Escambia County Extension Natural Resource Page and type the title above in the search box. https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/escambia/?topic=natural-resources.

 

CURRENT ARTICLES

 

The Incredible Floridan Aquifer – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

For a Unique Landscape Native, Give Needle Palm a Try! – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

Now is the Time to Address Aquatic Weeds – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

2020 Year of the Turtle – the box turtle – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

 

2020 EMBRACE THE GULF – the sponges

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2020/04/05/embrace-the-gulf-2020-the-sponges/.

 

2020 YEAR OF THE TURTLE – the box turtle

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2020/04/07/2020-year-of-the-turtle-box-turtles/.

 

 

Weekly “What is It?” Blog

With so many of us spending time at home and entertaining ourselves with walks outside and in the neighborhood, Escambia County Agent Carrie Stevenson revived her “Weekly What is it?” blog.

This blog includes photos and descriptions of naturally-occurring items of interest that we periodically get questions on. It will be located on the main Escambia Extension page http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/escambia/ and she will also post links to Facebook, so follow us on https://www.facebook.com/escambia.extension/ and check the website for updates.

 

Pensacola-Perdido Bay Estuary Program

Is soliciting for an executive director.

The Executive Director position has been posted to the Escambia County Jobs website. It will close May 10th at 11:59 p.m.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/escambia/jobs/2763147/estuary-program-director-pensacola-and-perdido-bays

 

UF IFAS Water Management Lunch & Learn Courses

The lunch and learn In-Service Training opportunity, Introduction to Water Resources Management in Florida has been updated to ensure the safety and security of these webinars. We have changed the Zoom link and are requiring registration for all webinars.

Topic Presenter Date Click Link to Register
TMDLs overview Mary Lusk 3/17/20 Video recording here
BMAPs overview Lisa Krimsky and Charles Barrett 4/28/20 Register here
BMAPs – Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Eban Bean 5/19/20 Register here
BMAPs – On-site sewage systems Andrea Albertin 6/16/20 Register here
BMAPs – Ag BMPs Lakesh Sharma 7/14/20 Register here
Hydrology 101 and using the DBYHYDRO environmental dataset Haimanote Bayabil 8/18/20 Register here

 

Home School Resources

THESE ARE PROVIDED COURTESY OF NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

As schools are closing for several months, many parents are being precipitously thrust into the world of homeschooling.

I thought it might be helpful to review some of the leading online support systems, curricula sites etc. for homeschooling.  If you are not trying to educate your own kids, you may know someone who could use such resources.  There are hundreds of sites so this is not a comprehensive list.  —  These are some of the vetted homeschool sites that are more comprehensive, professional, fun and secular.

Time4Learning: https://www.time4learning.com/

Starts out with informative videos to help you get started on your new homeschooling journey

Has lesson planning tools and comprehensive curricula including keeping up with standardized tests.  Has resources for gifted learners, summers learning, student-pacing, tailored scheduling, and more.

Calvert Education: https://www.calverthomeschool.com/

Offers materials for sale and three months free service during pandemic.  Offers comprehensive, media rich curricula -K-12 Language arts, math, etc.  Has an online support system.

Outschool https://outschool.com/#abk8n3khls

Thousands of educator-generated videos on everything from reading, math and science and applied skills including weather basics to raising chickens and the science behind it. Unusually fun for kids because it goes beyond standard curricula to life skills such as cooking, finances, study skills and more.

Gryphon House https://www.gryphonhouse.com/

Offers books for early childhood according to age – infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary — in content areas including literacy, science, music and more.  Has support information in social science and educational management for parents and educators.

GettingReady4Kindergarten https://www.getready4kindergarten.com/learning-club

GR4K is a year-long learning-based program that families can do at home. GR4K will help you teach your child the skills needed to enter Kindergarten ready to succeed.

Turtle Trash Collectors

In response to the COVD-19 pandemic, UNCW MarineQuest is now offering FREE VIRTUAL Turtle Trash Collectors programs funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program (https://uncw.edu/marinequest/2tc.html)!

This program is designed to educate youth about the impacts of marine debris and encourage behavior changes to reduce the generation of marine debris in the future.

 

Water Quality Updates  

 

Rainfall

  • WE FINALLY GOT SOME RAIN!
  • Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
  • 2019 rainfall total in East Hill was 47.5”. Rainfall for airport was similar.
  • Jan (4.0) Feb (2.8) Mar (0.6) – Winter (7.4”)
  • Apr (0.9)

Salinity

  • The objective of this citizen science project is to determine the mean/median/mode of salinity in local waterbodies for the purpose to assess the potential success of restoration projects: such as bay scallop and specific species of seagrasses. We are looking for a mean/median/mode of 20‰  or higher.  We are hoping to get a minimum of 100 measurements from each location.
  • 2020 1st Quarter Results

 2019 – 2020

Body of Water No. of samples Surface Mean Surface Median Surface Mode Bottom Mean Bottom Median Bottom Mode
Bayou Grande 11 20 21 21 21 22 22
Bayou Texar 2 10.5 10.5 NA ND ND ND
Big Lagoon 12 surface

7 bottom

24 24 24 19 21 21
Big Sabine 2 21.5 21.5 NA ND ND ND
Bruce Beach 1 18.4 18.4 NA ND ND ND
Kees Bayou 35 19 20 14 ND ND ND
Little Sabine 12 22 22 19 ND ND ND
Lower Perdido Bay 46 16 15 20 16 16 20
Old River 35 23 23 25 23 24 24
Sanders Beach 1 18.1 18.1 NA ND ND ND
Shoreline Park 1 18.8 18.8 NA ND ND ND

 

Longnose Killifish Monitoring

  • ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Red Tide & Harmful Algal Blooms

  • Last report was posted Apr 3 (FWC)
  • Panhandlenot detected    
  • SW Florida – detected in Sarasota and Monroe Counties
  • East Coast of FL – not detected
  • HABs not detected this week

Fish Kills

 

Marine Science Academy – Washington High School – Fish & Water Quality Data – updated

http://whs-ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/MarineScienceAcademy.

 

 

Habitat Restoration

 

  • OCEAN HOUR HAS SUSPENDED ALL CLEAN UPS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Living Shorelines – NO SITE VISITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Seagrass Monitoring – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Mangrove Migration – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

Wildlife & Fisheries Updates

 

  • Panhandle Diamondback Terrapin Project – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Horseshoe Crabs – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Barrier Island Cottonmouth Survey – ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • The Great Scallop Search – PLANNED FOR JUNE 13 – ON HOLD FOR NOW
  • The Great Scavenger Hunt – PLANNED FOR SEP 12
  • Manatee Watch – PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH SIGHTINGS (roc1@ufl.edu)
  • 2020 Gulf Red Snapper Season – June 11 – July 25

 

Invasive Species Updates

 

  • Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week – May 18-22

This year UF IFAS Extension will be providing Facebook LIVE broadcast of how to identify and remove selected local invasive species.

Monday May 18 – Feral Hogs

Tuesday May 19 – Giant Salvinia

Wednesday May 20 – Congongrass

Thursday May 21 – Air Potato

Friday May 22 – Regal Demoiselle

  • Beach Vitex – ALL SURVEYS AND WORKDAYS ON HOLD
  • Invasive Lionfish
  • 2020 Emerald Coast Open – ON HOLD
  • Inshore Surveys – ON HOLD
  • Regal Demoiselle – Currently working on publications for this species; MORE SOON
  • Brown (Cuban) Anole – REPORT TO EDDMAPS IF FOUND IN YARD
  • Tropical Fish Species of Concern – Currently working on publication; MORE SOON.

 

Seafood Updates

 

  • LOCAL SEAFOOD IS HERE!
  • WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSIDER LOCAL SEAFOOD AS A MEAL OPTION DURING THESE TOUGH DAYS
  • Here’s what’s in Peak Season for April  
  • – Softshell Blue crab
  • – Clams
  • IT’S CRAWFISH TIME
  • – Oysters
  • – Pompano
  • – Pink Shrimp
  • – Snapper – check state limits and accessibility; change frequently
  • – Spanish Mackerel
  • Seafood @ Your Fingertips – we will be offering this program in 2020; stay tuned for dates and locations
  • Seafood Safety Guidelines – Escambia County Division of Marine Resources – https://www.myescambia.com/our-services/natural-resources-management/marine-resources/seafood-safety.

 

 

HEALTH ADVISORY DATA

Enterococcus bacteria count rubric for health advisories (Florida Department of Health)

 

GOOD             0-35 colonies/100ml of sample

MODERATE    36-70 colonies/100ml

POOR              71> colonies/100ml

 

Health Advisory Frequency

Data provided by the Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Beaches Program

Body of Water # of samples collected # of POOR reports # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 9 1 1 .11
Sanders Beach 7 0 0 .00
Bayou Chico 4 0 0 .00
Bayou Grande 4 0 0 .00
Big Lagoon SP 4 0 0 .00
Perdido Key SP 4 0 0 .00
Casino Beach 3 0 0 .00
Park East 3 0 0 .00
Park West 3 0 0 .00
Quietwater Beach 3 0 0 .00

 

 

Fish Kill Data provided by FWC

Month # of Fish Kills reported # of Dead Fish reported Cause
Jan 0 0  
Feb 0 0  
Mar 0 0  
Apr 0 0