In this Issue:
  • Man, It Has Been a Weird Winter
  • The Once Mightier Ochlockonee, Dismembered by Sea Level Rise
  • Transient Birds and Beach House Refuge
  • What is the El Niño?
  • National Estuaries Week! – Sea Level Rise and Climate Change
  • Florida’s Wildlife Conservations Policy for Predicted Coastal Habitat Loss Problems
  • Winter Weather – Just Right for Controling Unwanted Trees
  • Florida Snow! Nature’s Reminder to Enhance Backyard Wildlife Habitat
  • Climate

    Man, It Has Been a Weird Winter

    It was February 13, 2017 and the temperature was 74°F… 74!   It has been one strange winter.  The azaleas in my yard have already bloomed, friends of mine have seen butterflies already forming chrysalis, and I have already had to deal with mosquitos; all of this in February.  But, even as we talk about how …

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    The Once Mightier Ochlockonee, Dismembered by Sea Level Rise

    What do the Ochlockonee and Aucilla rivers have in common? Not much, it would seem, beyond the fact that both have headwaters in Georgia and flow through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. These two rivers do share the distinction of being unusual, although they’re unusual in very different ways. The Aucilla is a blackwater stream …

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    Transient Birds and Beach House Refuge

    Birds, migration, and climate change. Mix them all together and intuitively, we can imagine an ecological train wreck in the making. Many migratory bird species have seen their numbers plummet over the past half-century – due not to climate change, but to habitat loss in the places they frequent as part of their jet-setting life …

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    What is the El Niño?

    In our last article about the red tides we discussed how the strange weather of 2015 caused some changes in the natural world around Pensacola Beach – mainly, it got warmer. Though climate change is happening, and we just had a major summit on the topic in Paris, the warming of 2015 was most directly …

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    National Estuaries Week! – Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

      As we come towards the end of National Estuaries Week we will now look at some issues our estuaries are facing. Sea level rise is one that generates a variety of responses from the public. For some it is of concern, something we need to be planning for and need to spend more research …

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    Florida’s Wildlife Conservations Policy for Predicted Coastal Habitat Loss Problems

    Have you wondered how Florida’s wildlife conservation policy planners and habitat managers are responding to the new management challenge of predicted coastal habitat loss from sea level rise? And how that overlays on predicted habitat loss from a 50-year doubling of Florida’s human population? Are the model predictions for both trends reliable enough to give …

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    Winter Weather – Just Right for Controling Unwanted Trees

    As Floridians we often struggle to find any upside to these cold, gray days we’ve been experiencing past few months. As  “unfloridian” as our winters can be they pale in comparison to those endured by the more northern states. In fact, the last days of winter can be the ideal time of year in the …

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    Florida Snow! Nature’s Reminder to Enhance Backyard Wildlife Habitat

    North Florida experienced a weather delight (or distress depending on your point of view!) this week in the form of freezing rain and snow!  The words “Florida” and “snow” are two words most people would not place together in the same sentence, but you may be surprised to learn that snow has been documented a …

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