Monthly Archive: July 2011

University of Florida IFAS Extension Needs You!

The University of Florida IFAS Extension works towards agricultural, environmental, and economic sustainability in our rapidly growing state and communities. We accomplish this through research-based educational programs, publications, and opportunities provided to you locally. Please consider donating to the UF IFAS County Extension office in your county. Your monetary gift is greatly appreciated, and will …

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NW Florida Regional Boating and Waterways Management Workshop

Chris Verlinde Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Santa Rosa County chrismv@ufl.edu The NW Florida Regional Workshop on boating and waterways management will be held in Milton, Florida, August 16 and 17, 2011. The workshop will examine innovative strategies that will assist managers, planners, policy-makers, and other marine interests as they attempt to balance economic vitality …

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Seagrass Awareness Festival

 Chris Verlinde Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Santa Rosa County chrismv@ufl.edu   What:      11th Annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration You never know who you’ll meet at the Seagrass Awareness Festival! Photo Credits: Andrew Diller When:      March 26, 2011 See and touch the animals that live in seagrass! Photo Credits: Andrew Diller                10:00 am until 2:00 …

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Seagrass Awareness in Florida

Chris Verlinde Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Santa Rosa County chrismv@ufl.edu Seagrasses are a valuable part of the marine environment and support a thriving million-dollar fishery. Most commercial and recreationally important fish, crabs and shrimp spend some time of their lives in seagrass beds. These grass beds help to filter toxins from the water, contribute …

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Gulf Islands National Seashore: A historical and natural treasure

Andrew Diller Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Escambia County apdiller@ufl.edu Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) is located along the northern Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi and Florida.  The Florida properties surround Pensacola, the site of the first European settlement in the United States in 1559.  An ideal deep-water harbor protected by a barrier island, a …

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How Much Does the Gulf of Mexico Mean to You?

Brooke Saari Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent Okaloosa & Walton Counties bsaari@ufl.edu Have you ever considered what the Gulf of Mexico means to you?  Is it important to you?  Putting a value on an ecosystem or the services it provides is very difficult.  However, it is done all the time on smaller scales, like the …

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Your Florida Pond – Oxygen Levels, Temperature, and Fish Kills

 Judy Ludlow County Extension Director Calhoun County judy.ludlow@ufl.edu   Extreme temperatures can cause fish die-offs in Florida’s ponds, estuaries, lakes, and rivers.  In large natural areas, these events usually do not cause permanent damage to existing fish populations.  Fish die-offs in smaller ponds, although a natural occurrence, can be of concern to the pond owner. …

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Be on the lookout for horseshoe crabs

 Bill Mahan County Extension Director Franklin bmahan@ufl.edu   Spring is around the corner and that can only mean one thing, horseshoe crabs! That’s right it’s horseshoe crab survey time! Horseshoe crab blood looks blue. Photo Credits: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Each spring the scientists Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) look for …

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Deluge of Interest at Extension Rain Barrel Workshop

Carrie T. Stevenson Coastal Sustainability Agent Escambia County Extension ctsteven@ufl.edu With dry conditions, mandated water restrictions in many parts of the state, and rising prices of almost everything, water conservation is more important than ever.  Floridians use more water than any other state for irrigation, and a typical home sprinkler system can account for half …

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Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program comes to Northwest Florida

 Bill Mahan County Extension Director Franklin bmahan@ufl.edu   Are you looking for a great opportunity to volunteer some of your time to help the environment? If so the Audubon Shorebird Stewardship Program might be just for you. This program has already been adopted in a number of places around the United States and in other …

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