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Category: Natural Resources

Begger’s Lice and Other Hitchhiking Weeds

Hitchhiking was once a common means of low cost transportation.  A person would walk to the nearest road and hold out their left fist with the thumb pointed up while attempting to make eye contact with drivers. In… Read More

There are 11 Species of Bats in Wakulla County

They are the perfect icon for Halloween.  On the edge between reality and legend, these carnivores silently flutter in the darkness. Today there are over 1,200 bat species worldwide which are living in a variety of climates and… Read More

Delta Flower Scarab Beetles is Good at Disguises

Halloween is less than two weeks away and the preparations are ongoing for this annual event.  Soon throngs of children dressed as a mob of super hero, princesses, and nightmare creatures will be ringing doorbells all over Wakulla… Read More

Squirrels Bring New Challenges

The weather signs indicate autumn is in the air as well as being on the calendar.  The mornings have cooled noticeably even though there are still some warm days to come. The plants, animals and bugs know it,… Read More

The Green Scene “October 2013”

Shelley Swenson Wakulla County, UF/IFAS FCS Agent III  What is Certified Coffee? Recently I received information from two UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Specialists who helped me clarify some of the information that is currently available about the… Read More

As Enduring and Unyielding as Old Hickory

There is a lot to be gained from having a tough reputation.  Only those with a stout disposition or lack of good sense will dare to make a challenge to the individual who hold this distinction. Unbending, rigid… Read More

The equinox is upon us, bringing changes

The autumn equinox is Sunday, September 21, 2013. It is the official beginning of fall as the sun continues its daily retreat into the southern sky and the northern hemisphere repeats its regular annual tilt away from solar… Read More

Skinks Prey on Insects

There are some inevitable facts associated with living in Wakulla County and, for that matter, north Florida.  For natives and long-time residents these facts seem obvious. For more recent transplants there is an epiphany when the apparent realities… Read More

Patridge Peas are Blooming, a Sign of Summer’s End

This week’s pleasant and noticeably cooler morning are the first official notice summer 2013 days are coming to a close.  There are still hot humid days left in the year, but there number is dwindling as the hours… Read More

Dung Beetles Make Use of Animal Droppings

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, or so the old saying goes.  This is the rationalization used to justify frequent visits to the flea market or garage sales early Saturday morning. There are some acquisitions which defy… Read More