In this Issue:
  • Observing Springtime Cycles in a Warming World
  • Florida Master Naturalist Courses Provide Unique Perspective into Natural World
  • Bat Roosting Season Begins Soon!
  • How Dead Trees Benefit Wildlife
  • Enjoying Wildlife Safely and Responsibly
  • Bat protection increased during spring and summer
  • Battling Bat Myths
  • Bats

    Observing Springtime Cycles in a Warming World

    It’s mid-February, and regardless of the groundhog’s prediction, spring seems to have arrived in northwest Florida. In my neighborhood, all the azaleas have bloomed. While beautiful, it’s something that usually doesn’t happen around here until well into March! According to NOAA and NASA climate data, 2016 was the hottest year globally on record, followed by …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/23/observing-springtime-cycles-in-a-warming-world/

    Florida Master Naturalist Courses Provide Unique Perspective into Natural World

    Do you love the outdoors? Wish you knew more about the plants and animals native to our area? The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a course offered by Extension agents throughout the state, including the northwestern counties. Three different modules—Freshwater Wetlands, Coastal, and Uplands—are offered. They include 40 hours of instruction time on ecosystems, plant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/03/florida-master-naturalist-courses-provide-unique-perspective-into-natural-world/

    Bat Roosting Season Begins Soon!

    As spring commences and young wildlife of all species are born, everyone’s favorite flying, furry mammal begins roosting season. Ideally, bats will find homes in trees, caves, abandoned buildings, and bat houses, but sometimes they end up in a home. I receive calls often about how to best remove or exclude a group of bats …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/07/bat-roosting-season-begins-soon/

    How Dead Trees Benefit Wildlife

    One of the management issues that any landowner will face at some point is what to do when a tree dies in the landscape.  The logical response is “cut it down,” but depending on the location and the size of the tree, that may not be necessary and you could be removing potential wildlife habitat. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/01/13/how-dead-trees-benefit-wildlife/

    Enjoying Wildlife Safely and Responsibly

    Last week, the Okaloosa County Health Department issued a rabies alert after three bats were determined to have the illness. A “drive-through” rabies vaccine clinic was organized for pets, and warnings were issued throughout the region about making contact with wild animals. One radio broadcast played an interview in which a health department staffer urged …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/09/30/enjoying-wildlife-safetly-and-responsibly/

    Bat protection increased during spring and summer

    As spring commences and young wildlife of all species are born, everyone’s favorite flying, furry mammal also begins roosting season. Ideally, bats will find shelter in trees, caves, abandoned buildings, and bat houses, but sometimes they end up in a home.  I receive calls often about how to best remove or exclude a group of bats …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/04/21/bat-protection-increased-during-spring-and-summer/

    Battling Bat Myths

    As we leave Halloween season, one of the most popular images of this spooky time of year is that of a bat.  The creepy tales of vampire bats and Dracula are enduring and certainly exciting.   Unfortunately, many negative connotations exist around this fascinating species.  Perhaps you’ve heard they carry rabies, that they will fly into …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/11/04/battling-bat-myths/