Category Archives: Environment

Audubon Florida’s rooftop coordinator takes sky-high approach to protect nesting least terns

Emily McKiddy, Audubon Florida’s Panhandle rooftop coordinator, works year-round from Pensacola to Panama City. She surveys a variety of gravel rooftop-nesting birds and works with building owners, volunteers, and partners to return tiny, fallen chicks to rooftop nests and to install protective measures … Continue reading

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Nature lovers celebrate 25 years of South Walton conservation land

As our community  grows, many residents and visitors continue to be in awe of the extraordinary amount of recreation land we have in South Walton county. However, some newcomers have no idea how we acquired such a vast and beautiful … Continue reading

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Health advisory issued for Morrison Springs

The Health Advisory is issued on May 17, 2017, 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 swimming is not … Continue reading

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Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute partner to conduct study on coastal dune lakes

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute (MKEI), Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the University of Florida will be supporting a UF Water and Soil Science Graduate student, Brandy Foley, thesis research project focused on three coastal … Continue reading

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South Walton sea turtle nesting season May 1 – October 31

 Sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth, and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. However, they face an uncertain future. Illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution (physical and light) are only some of the issues sea … Continue reading

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Spanish moss flowers from spring to fall

Did you know Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a flowering plant?  Spanish moss is a native, perennial epiphytic herb. It is not Spanish, nor a moss, but a flowering plant. The slender, wiry, long, branching stems (reaching 8m or more) … Continue reading

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