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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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Leatherback sea turtle nests at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

This past Sunday,  South Walton received a very special visitor. Along the beach of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, a leatherback sea turtle came ashore to nest.  Leatherbacks are the largest of all sea turtles in Florida, and are endangered. … 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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SWARA to launch artificial reef off of Grayton Beach

Update July 8: On Friday, July 10, the South Walton Artificial Reed Association will be deploying an artificial reef off of Grayton Beach State Park. There is an event planned with this deployment that will be at Grayton Beach State … 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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Kid camps and outdoor fun offered this summer around Walton county

Enjoy outdoor fun outdoor activities this summer with a variety of children’s camp options in Walton county. Marine Camp offered at Camp Timpoochee July 20 – 24 Are you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the … 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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