Tag Archive: Panhandle

Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes

There are five species of sea turtles that nest from May through October on Florida beaches. The loggerhead, the green turtle and the leatherback all nest regularly in the Panhandle, with the loggerhead being the most frequent visitor.  Two other species, the hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley nest infrequently.  All five species are listed as either …

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Manatee Sightings in the Panhandle

On May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon near Pensacola. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. Manatee swimming by a pier near Pensacola.Photo: Marsha Stanton There are four species …

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Micro-Invasives can Cause Big Problems – Bacterial Pathogens

If we look at the big picture when it comes to invasive species, some of the smallest organisms on the planet should pop right into focus. A microscopic bacterium named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the cause of Citrus Greening (HLB), has devastated the citrus industry worldwide. This tiny creature lives and multiplies within the phloem tissue …

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Panhandle Sea Grant Agents Receive Grant to Protect Sea Turtles

Editor’s  Note: This article is republished fromUF/IFAS Extension Comings & Goings. Three Florida Sea Grant agents in the middle Panhandle region of the state have received a half-million dollar grant to mitigate the impacts of artificial lighting on sea turtles. The work is supported with Natural Resource Damage Assessment funding in a partnership between the Florida …

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Panhandle Estuaries – National Estuaries Week

Humans have been settling on, and around, coastal estuaries since they first arrived in the panhandle over 10,000 years ago. These bodies of water have provided food and recreation as long as anyone can remember.  They are a magnet for those looking to build homes or businesses – and we continue to be attracted to …

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Panhandle Saltmarshes: Riches Beyond our Dreams

The Florida Panhandle is fortunate to have an abundance of salt marsh habitat fringing many of our coastal environs. Although this habitat may not receive the appreciation it deserves by those seeking a white-sandy beach, it is intricately linked with many of the natural treasures we are blessed with. Salt marshes occur in the ecotone …

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Water Wars… Can We Avoid It in the Panhandle?

On a recent camping trip out west I was made aware of just how valuable water is. The American west has been battling water issues for a few years now.  Some camp showers had buttons that would provide you water for a couple of minutes, others charged $ .50 for four minutes, some charged $ 1.00 …

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Explore the Panhandle in a Kayak!

Many consider Northwest Florida as the “Canoe Capitol” of the state. We have numerous rivers, creeks, and springs that are great paddling spots.  The scenery is great, wildlife is common, and most are easily accessed.   To introduce residents and visitors to the natural history of these waterways, UF/IFAS Extension Agents, and other experts, will …

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Coastal Properties offer haven for birds

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Nature Tourism in the Panhandle – the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – 30A in Walton County

The “Prayer of the Woods” is an attitude that many in this part of the panhandle try to live. Photos: Molly O’Connor 30A in south Walton County is a special place. Undiscovered for years, then developed… but developed more sustainably than most coastal panhandle communities – this area has now become a go-to destination for …

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