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Hairy Vetch

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director With a name like hairy vetch, it is hard to be appreciated. Though not native to Florida, this flowering legume is common in Wakulla County without being an invasive… Read More

Leaf Litter

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Everyone has raked a gargantuan pile of leaves in their yard to ensure the return of a pristine lawn for spring, only to have it scattered by the hapless… Read More

Wildlife turn to wax myrtle berries in winter

  Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Winter is here in Wakulla County. While it is not as severe as upstate New York or Montana, there is a noticeable difference from six months ago. The… Read More

Palmetto

The next time you see a palmetto growing in the wild, take a moment to consider it may be the very same plant an early American explorer brushed by. Palmetto palms are prominent throughout the Big Bend area,… Read More

The Mystery of Cypress Knees

Yes, the majestic cypress knee.. We’ve all seen (if not stubbed our toes on) them, but what is the purpose for these enigmatic protrusions from the earth?

Carpenter Bees Nest by Boring Tunnels into Wood

Carpentry is an honorable and ancient profession. It requires the builder to have awareness of the environmental requirements and recognition of the construction materials at hand. It was early carpenters who built the first shelters in which humans… Read More

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2013 Saw Heavy Insect Activity

Santa is back at the North Pole and will not return until next December. The confetti and party hats are all used up and the reality has set in that January 2014 is here. What passes for winter’s… Read More

Cousins of the Common House Fly Aren’t So Bad

The housefly, Musca domestica, is the most common domestic fly in Wakulla County and just about everywhere else on the planet. It accounts for about 90 percent of all flies in areas of human habitations. It has the… Read More

Bald Eagle is a Symbol of Strength and Nobility

Nobility is an ancient notion which harkens back to the earliest human records.  Succinctly put, an individual or group is considered superior because of one or more loftier qualities which place them at the top of the food… Read More