Category: Natural Resources

Neither A Sea Turtle nor a River Cooter: Our Special Coastal Terrapin

Most residents of our area have never encountered this beautiful aquatic reptile the Diamondback Coastal Terrapin. Population numbers are small, and they live in a very narrow band of habitat where our coastal salt marshes and sea grass… Read More

Those mysterious craters in the yard

Mystery holes WN 4-18-19 feat

Spring has sprung in Wakulla County, and the fact is reflected in the activity of the local flora and fauna. As expected, plants are sprouting leaves and blooming, and insect activity is accelerating. Curiously, other cryptic manifestations indicate… Read More

Septic Program, “After the flush”

News Release - Septic Program 3-30-19 feat

March 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The UF/IFAS Extension Wakulla Office is holding a septic system program Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. “After the flush: Septic systems demystified” will cover a variety of locally important areas… Read More

Spiders and Springtails Underwater …what’s next?

The oyster spider (Paratheuma insulana) is able to live underwater among the shells of the oyster reef. Photo by Erik Lovestrand

Who would ever imagine spiders living underwater on an oyster reef?  Believe it or not, they do.  The tremendous productivity of our Gulf coastal waters has made them important to humans throughout history. Bivalves such as scallops, clams and… Read More

A Rough 2018 for Mid-Florida Panhandle Seafood Industry: Post- Hurricane Michael

13 mile seafood house totally destroyed after Hurricane Michael

It will be a long time before the memories of Hurricane Michael fade in the mind’s eye of many seafood workers in the Mid-Florida Panhandle. Most people have been made aware of how destructive the storm surge was… Read More