This began with a call from one of my volunteers who was checking salinity at Shoreline Park. She reported the salinity, but also reported to smell of dead fish – though she could not see them. I visited Shoreline Park the following day ... READ MORE
It is now spring, and wildlife is beginning to stir more. However, on this April day another cold front had just past the area and the morning temperature was 59°F. To add to this, there was a strong west wind that made it feel colder. ... READ MORE
In northwest Florida, fire is life. Fire is the engine that turned the longleaf pine ecosystem, which once covered 90 million acres of the deep south. We see disastrous news about the uncontrolled wildfires out west, so it can be difficult ... READ MORE
Imagine walking through the woods, enjoying the fresh air and birdsong, when you notice a twig just dangling midair. On first glance, you might presume it is stuck in a vine or a large spider web. However, this material is thinner than a ... READ MORE
It looks just like Fort Pickens. The arches, the bricks, the cannons, the individual rooms--until you look out the windows and see tropical vegetation and water adjacent to the walls. These photos were not taken on Pensacola Beach, but at ... READ MORE
I became familiar with the term “gabion” 20 years ago when I worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, when helping people manage ongoing erosion problems was an almost-daily task. Northwest Florida's soils are often ... READ MORE
Caterpillars are top candidates for the hide and seek champions of the world. Fat, juicy morsels for birds, lizards, and small mammals, they are vulnerable prey for hundreds of would-be predators. Possessing no wings (until they metamorphosize ... READ MORE
The UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension is hosting a Master Gardener Volunteer open house and information session Tuesday, June 8 at 9 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at 3740 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL.
Register for one of the 30 minute sessions.
Each ... READ MORE
This past weekend, March 26 and 27, 2021, 4-H and FFA youth competed at the Gulf Coast Agriculture and Natural Resources Youth Organization’s spring livestock show and auction. Youth exhibited chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs, sheep, goats, ... READ MORE
There are an estimated 2 million species of animals on our planet. 1.3 million (65%) are invertebrates – animals that lack backbones – 1 million (50%) are insects. These animals cover all parts of the Earth. From the coldest mountain ... READ MORE