In this Issue:
  • Maintain Your Septic System to Save Money and Reduce Water Pollution
  • Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill
  • The Florida Master Naturalist Program Training Local AmeriCorps Volunteers
  • Valentine’s Day… Red… and the Column Stinkhorn Fungus!
  • You Say It’s Just a Swamp…
  • Winter is For Tree Planting
  • Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas
  • Bats – Helpful, Not Harmful
  • The Once Mightier Ochlockonee, Dismembered by Sea Level Rise
  • Barred Owls- and other features of the “pretty woods”
  • Environmental Education

    Maintain Your Septic System to Save Money and Reduce Water Pollution

    One third of homes in Florida rely on septic systems, or onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), to treat and dispose of household wastewater, which includes wastewater from bathrooms, kitchen sinks and laundry machines. When properly maintained, septic systems can last 25-30 years, and maintenance costs are relatively low. A general rule of thumb …

    Continue reading »

    Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill

      We are pleased to announce the release of a pair of new bulletins outlining how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the popular marine animals dolphins and sea turtles. To read these and other oil spill science publications, go to http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/.    The Deepwater Horizon’s impact on bottlenose dolphins – In 2010, scientists …

    Continue reading »

    The Florida Master Naturalist Program Training Local AmeriCorps Volunteers

    By: Laura Tiu and Sheila Dunning   For the second year in a row, University of Florida Extension Agents Sheila Dunning (horticulture) and Laura Tiu (marine science) taught a Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Coastal Module to a newly recruited AmeriCorps group in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The AmeriCorps members have been recruited to work …

    Continue reading »

    Valentine’s Day… Red… and the Column Stinkhorn Fungus!

    Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and this month’s theme is evidenced by the color red. Red hearts, bows, roses (imported this time of year from South America) and candy in red boxes This hue is not frequently seen in Wakulla County in the mist of winter’s grip, but this year azaleas bloomed …

    Continue reading »

    You Say It’s Just a Swamp…

    Recent rains have water standing on some Wakulla County real estate, which has been dry for several years. Ponds, natural and dug, are brimming with water reflecting the generous outpouring from the slow and wet weather system, which passed listlessly over the county. The rainwater excess is also filling the natural low points known as …

    Continue reading »

    Winter is For Tree Planting

    Florida has celebrated Arbor Day since 1886 and has one of the first Arbor Day celebrations in the nation, on the third Friday in January.  Trees establish a root system quickly when they aren’t expending as much energy on leaf development.  So in Florida that is in the winter months; hence the reason for a …

    Continue reading »

    Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas

    Throughout history the evergreen tree has been a symbol of life. “Not only green when summer’s here, but also when it’s cold and dreary” as the Christmas carol “O Tannenbaum” says.  While supporting the cut Christmas tree industry does create jobs and puts money into local economics, every few years consider adding to the urban …

    Continue reading »

    Bats – Helpful, Not Harmful

    If you think you’d prefer a world without bats, we present to you three reasons to reconsider. Most negative stereotypes about bats are untrue. The reality is that bats benefit us in numerous ways. Here are a few facts that may convince you we should be thankful for bats rather than fearful of them.   …

    Continue reading »

    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 …

    Continue reading »

    Barred Owls- and other features of the “pretty woods”

    I grew up in the Georgia Piedmont outside Athens, a land of bright red sticky clay, rocks and cold weather. In addition to the ubiquitous Georgia pines, hardwoods including white oaks, hickory and beech grow there. I had no clue the Red Hills of Florida and South Georgia would mimic much of that habitat and …

    Continue reading »

    Older posts «