Category Archives: Environment

Learn about coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 7

Date/time: Friday, Aug. 7, 9 – 10 a.m. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to an informational program on the rare coastal dune lakes found in the area. Two of these lakes can be found inside the protected area … Continue reading







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Mosquito-borne illness advisory in effect for Walton County

Department of Health confirms first human case of West Nile Virus Illness WALTON COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory for Walton County according to Holly Holt, DOH-Walton Administrator. A … Continue reading







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What you need to know about vibrio bacteria in Gulf waters

After the recent report of a fatality due to the Vibrio bacteria near Tampa many locals have become concerned about their safety when entering the Gulf of Mexico this time of year. So what are the risks and how do … Continue reading







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Americorps NWF Environmental Stewards now hiring

Applications accepted until July 29 AmeriCorps NWF Environmental Stewards is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 program year. AmeriCorps is a component of the National Service Network. Its goal is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service … Continue reading







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Public invited to participate in Florida fox squirrel population study

Have you seen any fox squirrels? In Florida, the fox squirrel can be found in almost every county, but the distribution is patchy and not well understood. To better understand fox squirrel distribution, a new research project conducted by the … Continue reading







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Learn about invasive plants at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 17

Date/time: Friday July 17th, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Come learn about our non-native visitors. You may have some right in your own backyard. This program will teach you how to identify and get rid of plants that do not belong. … Continue reading







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Health advisory issued for Morrison Springs

Advisory rescinded June 30 A health advisory is issued June 16, 2015, for Morrison Springs.  The Advisory is issued based on the criteria for fecal indicator bacteria. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public and … Continue reading







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Florida caterpillars with a sting

The four major stinging caterpillars occurring in Florida are the Puss Caterpillar, Saddleback Caterpillar, IO Moth Caterpillar and Hag Caterpillar.  Some less common ones also occur in the state.  These caterpillars do not possess stingers, but have spines (nettling hairs) … Continue reading







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Coastal Dune Lakes film showing at Camp Helen State Park June 19

The Friends of Camp Helen State Park and Lake Powell Community Alliance will show a film about coastal dune lakes at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, 2015, at the Park’s Lodge. The film “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald … Continue reading







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Learn about blue crabs at Grayton Beach State Park June 17

Date/time: Wednesday June 17th at 2 p.m. Join Park Ranger Chad for a program on blue crabs. The program will cover the biology, identification, and methods of catching crabs. Sunscreen, drinking water, appropriate clothing, and hat are suggested. This program … Continue reading







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