Monthly Archive: March 2013

Improving Water Quality and Bringing Back the Bayous

Those who have lived in the Panhandle area for many years will remember the days when our local bayous were places people water skied, kids learned to swim, and fishermen brought home plenty of speckled trout.  But today we see little of this.  Water quality within our bayous has declined to a point that the …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 10th): Palmer Amaranth & Nutria

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 10th: Palmer Amaranth (Palmer amaranth) & Nutria (Myocastor coypus):   Palmer Amaranth: Palmer Amaranth, a type of pigweed, is invading the Southeast.  It is a very troublesome weed for us because it is fast growing, produces a lot of seed and easily develops herbicide …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 9th): Mimosa Tree & Eurasian Water Milfoil

Mimosa Tree: When traveling down secluded roads, one always marvels at the beautiful fragrant puff-like flowers lining the right of way. Many people decide that they must have one for their yard. Unfortunately, obtaining one for landscaping purposes is a bad decision. This tree is a Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin, and is famous for the ability to thrive …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 8th): Red Imported Fire Ant & Giant Tiger Prawn

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 8th: Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) & Giant Tiger Prawn (Penaeus monodon): Red Imported Fire Ant: Many of us cherish childhood memories of family picnics during summer. What we likely also remember are the surprise guests that arrive to take away any …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 7th): Chinaberry & Water Lettuce

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 7th: Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) & Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes): Chinaberry: The Chinaberry tree has been around so long, you’d think it was a native instead of an invasive exotic plant. Introduced to America in the late 1700’s, the scent of its abundant light purple …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 6th): Chinese Privet & Alligator Weed

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 6th: Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) & Alligator Weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides): Video courtesy of Aquatic and Invasive Plant Identification Series by the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Invasive Plant Management Section. Chinese Privet: Chinese Privet …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 5th): Wild Hogs and Water Hyacinth

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 5th: Wild Hogs (Sus scrofa) & Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes): Wild Hogs: Wild Hogs, also called Feral Hogs, are not native to the United States.  Wild hogs are highly adaptable and can find suitable habitat easily.  They are very prolific.  Females have multiple litters …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 4th): Cogongrass and Hydrilla

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 4th: Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) & Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata): Cogongrass: Cogongrass is one of the 10 worst weeds in the world.  This grass is an aggressive grower and forms colonies causing loss of productive forest areas, severe degradation of habitat, and economic issues.  Since its …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 3rd): Tropical Soda Apple & Lionfish

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 3rd: Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum viarum) & Lionfish (Pterois volitans): Tropical Soda Apple: Florida ranchers know Tropical Soda Apple (TSA) as the “Plant from Hell.” It was first noticed in south Florida, but its seeds survive in the digestive tracts of animals and it …

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Invasive Species of the Day Series (March 2nd): Popcorn Tree & Torpedo Grass

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: March 3rd – March 8th March 2nd: Chinese Tallow (Sapium sebiferum) & Torpedo Grass (Panicum repens) Chinese Tallow (Popcorn Tree): Benjamin Franklin has been blamed for introducing the invasive exotic Chinese Tallow tree to the Southeast when he mailed seeds to a planter after one of his trips to London in …

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