In this Issue:
  • Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration
  • Transient Birds and Beach House Refuge
  • Alligators Become More Active in the Spring
  • Outdoor Adventure is Nearby!
  • Fall Season Can Mean More Snake Encounters
  • A means of survival: Mimicry
  • Swamps: Watershed or Wasteland?
  • Swamps

    Beavers – Engineering Marvel or Farmer’s Frustration

    Even though the “work” beavers do can sometimes cause frustration to land owners, they are truly amazing creatures.  A number of questions have come into the Extension Office lately about managing beavers, so it is a good time to discuss a little about the history and biology of these unique animals, as well as the management …

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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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    Alligators Become More Active in the Spring

    The American Alligator is an icon in the state of Florida. Viewed on the program “Swamp People” and as the mascot of the University of Florida, most visitors to our state view this animal more on television than in the wild; but they are certainly there. In need of mates and calories from the lack of eating …

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    Outdoor Adventure is Nearby!

    This time of year, many families are looking for ways to entertain their kids during spring break. For those not planning to travel far, our area is full of fun, and often inexpensive, outdoor adventures. As part of a series of field excursions led by Extension Agents over the past few years, we’ve been able …

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    Fall Season Can Mean More Snake Encounters

    In the last few weeks we have received an increase in calls about snake encounters. Most of these have dealt with small juvenile snakes folks are finding on their property, or in their homes, but we are also hearing about large ones.   Most of the 56 species of snakes found in the southeastern United …

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    A means of survival: Mimicry

    “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery,” wrote Charles Caleb Colton. Colton was a sometimes cleric, essayist, wine merchant and gambler who bounced around Europe and North America during the early nineteenth century. It is likely many of his financial lenders hoped the public would not imitate his borrowing practices. Aside from his few literary works …

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    Swamps: Watershed or Wasteland?

    Recent rains have left water standing on some panhandle Florida 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 area. The rainwater excess is also filling the natural low points known …

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