Category Archives: Environment

Volunteer opportunities available with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

OPERATION RESTORATION is a collaborative effort between Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and community volunteers to restore degraded shorelines in Choctawhatchee Bay by constructing oyster reefs made from recycled and fossilized oyster shell. These reefs help to reduce erosion, provide habitat … Continue reading






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Wildflowers for all seasons blooming along U.S. Hwy 98

Beautiful wildflowers are popping up along the medians of U.S. Hwy. 98 at Inlet Beach, and will continue to prosper throughout the year. More will be showing soon just east of U.S. Hwy. 331. All part of a Department of … Continue reading






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Gulf coast lupine blooms along South Walton area beaches

Beautiful blue shrub a welcomed sight In the springtime, sand dunes along the beaches in South Walton are dolloped with beautiful blue lupine. The gulf coast lupine (Lupinus westianus) is a native plant and endemic to Florida. Lupine habitats are … Continue reading






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Lionfish beware: FWC approves two-part lionfish removal effort for 2016

At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016. Lionfish have a potential negative impact on native wildlife and … Continue reading






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Gulf World Marine Institute release three sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf World Marine Institute released two kemps ridley sea turtles and one green sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico on April 13, 2016. The turtles were released at Inlet Beach. The turtles successfully completed recent rehabilitation. Eve, a kemps … Continue reading






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Guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs April 22

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Course #XCE 6221, course reference #20208 The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County. Led … Continue reading






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Learn about beach mice at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 20

Date/time: Wed., April 20 – 9 – 10 a.m. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy an informational program about one of the imperiled species we share the park with. Beach mice inhabit coastal dunes in the panhandle … Continue reading






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