In this Issue:
  • Florida’s Water Quality Woes
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Fecal Bacteria
  • Two Words, Six Americas: Finding common ground on climate change
  • Summer is here!! Let’s learn about natural resources indoors!
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Bioaccumulation of Toxins
  • Backyard Shiitake Mushrooms: a Tasty and SAFE DIY Project
  • An Intimidating Fish They Call the Stingray
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Sediments
  • Camp Timpoochee: Marine Camps 2018
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, what can you do to help? Biodiversity
  • Environmental Education

    Florida’s Water Quality Woes

    Being in the panhandle of Florida you may, or may not, have heard about the water quality issues hindering the southern part of the state. Water discharged from Lake Okeechobee is full of nutrients.  These nutrients are coming from agriculture, unmaintained septic tanks, and developed landscaping – among other things.  The discharges that head east …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Fecal Bacteria

    Of all the issues facing our local estuaries, high levels of fecal bacteria is the one that hinders commercial and recreational use the most. When bacteria levels increase and health advisories are issued, people become leery of swimming, paddling, or consuming seafood from these waterways. I have been following the fecal bacteria situation in the …

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    Two Words, Six Americas: Finding common ground on climate change

    Climate change. Those two simple words have the power to bring about a strong reaction in people. For many, the term is fraught with emotion—with worry, anger, and fear of the unknown. For others, these two words might elicit doubt or frustration. According to a multi-year, nationwide study conducted by George Mason and Yale Universities, …

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    Summer is here!! Let’s learn about natural resources indoors!

    As the heat indicies rise, there a number of organizations that offer great learning experiences about our local Natural Resources!! While it is great to have the outdoor hands-on learning, the afternoon heat can feel suffocating. Here are a couple of nature centers that you can visit to get out of the heat.   Apalachicola National Estuarine Research …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Bioaccumulation of Toxins

    What is bioaccumulation of toxins?   Our bodies come in contact, and produce, toxins every day. The production of toxins can result during simple metabolism of food.  However, our bodies are designed with a system to rid us of these toxins.  Toxins are processed by our immune system and removed via our kidneys.  Some chemical …

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    Backyard Shiitake Mushrooms: a Tasty and SAFE DIY Project

    Have you ever eaten a wild mushroom and then wondered afterwards if you might have made a mistake? If you are prone to forage outdoors for tasty treats from nature, I’ll bet you have. The problem is, unless you are harvesting one of a few “foolproof” species of edible fungi, positive identification can be very …

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    An Intimidating Fish They Call the Stingray

    It is now late May and in recent weeks I, and several volunteers, have been surveying the area for terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and monitoring local seagrass beds. We see many creatures when we are out and about; one that has been quite common all over the bay has been the “stingray”. These are intimidating creatures… …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Sediments

    In the mid 1990’s, the Bay Area Resource Council was created. This multi-county (Escambia and Santa Rosa) organization included local scientists and decision makers to help better understand the health of Pensacola Bay, develop a plan for restoration, and work collaboratively to acquire funding to do so.  At the inaugural meeting, many different scientists spoke …

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    Camp Timpoochee: Marine Camps 2018

    Are you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the underwater world with a mask and snorkel? If so, this is the camp for you! This local education opportunity for budding marine scientists will be happening this summer at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville, FL.   The camps enable participants to explore the marine …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, what can you do to help? Biodiversity

    Records of the variety of aquatic life in Pensacola Bay go back to the 18th century.  According to these reports, over 1400 species of plants and animals call Pensacola Bay home.  Many of them depend on seagrass, oyster reefs, or marshes to complete their life cycle.  The greatest diversity and abundance are found on the …

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