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Introduce someone to Florida fishing and become a Legacy

Show someone how to fish and make a difference By Bob Wattendorf, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission We Floridians take our fishing seriously. The proof lies in the actions anglers take to ensure a bright fishing future. Between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009, 695 active Florida anglers took a pledge to introduce fishing each year to at least one person who had not previously enjoyed the sport. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the Florida Fish...

Singing a song for food

Feed me, I’m hungry! These hungry mockingbird chicks look hungry as Jacquee Markel of Dune Allen snapped this photo. Jacquee said every time she or her husband Kenny went near the nest, the babies would stick their beaks out looking for food....

Morrison Springs renovation complete

Popular park reopens PONCE DE LEON – A newly renovated Morrison Springs is now open to the public. The 161-acre park is well known in the area, and popular with divers and nature enthusiasts across the south. The project started in 2007 and includes a new separate boat launch area and parking. This separate launching area provides a safer environment for divers and boaters. There is approximately 575 linear ft. of boardwalks meandering through the ancient cypress trees, and span...

Earth Day at Topsail spelled fun for kids

Kids have fun learning at Earth Day celebration Lots of activities entertained and educated children on Saturday Apr. 18 as folks celebrated Earth Day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. There were booths and programs that included storytellers, puppet shows, book readings and music. Nonie Maines of  Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters educates the children on frogs. Nonie hosts “EVEntuers” and animal encounter parties. To learn more about Nonie’s Ark, go to noniesark.com. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted bird...

E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center construction nears completion

Facility will provide extraordinary learning opportunities The long awaited $7 million dollar, 28,500 sq. ft. E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center has taken shape, with construction completion slated for June and grand opening in September. Developed by local conservationist, M.C. Davis on his 48,000-acre conservation land named Nokuse Plantation, the Center will offer students and visitors spectacular interactive exhibits which will offer a better understanding of the environment as well as educate on the importance of biodiversity, ecosystems, and to encourage conservation,...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Saturday April 11 Choctawhatchee Audubon Bird Walk Location: South Walton Courthouse Annex & Jolee Island in Sandestin Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and water are recommended. Bird Walk – South Walton Courthouse Annex & Jolee Island in Sandestin, meet at Sandestin Publix at 7:30 a.m. Link...

Mallard ducklings don’t make good Easter presents

Think twice before putting Florida’s native wildlife in jeopardy With Easter approaching, many parents contemplate purchasing mallard ducklings as gifts for their children.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) suggests buying your child the stuffed-animal version instead. “Although these ducklings might make nice pets while they’re young, they can live 10 years and quickly outgrow the cute-and-fuzzy stage, leaving full-size droppings on your patio and outdoor furniture,” FWC waterfowl management coordinator Joe Benedict said.  “When this happens, parents...

Breakfast with a Ranger April 11

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, April 11 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be having its Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife. This program is family oriented and ideal for the whole family to enjoy. To cover the cost of food please...

Florida State’s Parks proposed budget cuts a path to disaster

Are our beloved parks at risk? The mission of WaltonOutdoors.com is to provide resources for the outdoors for Walton County and the surrounding area, and not to express opinions on any particular subject. However, as an individual, and avid fan of our park system, I feel it is of the utmost importance to accentuate the impending disaster the proposed budget cuts will do to our state park system. The latest state budget proposals are as is right now, proposals. However,...

Get Outdoors Florida!

It’s official! Getting outdoors is good for you Gov. Charlie Crist and his Cabinet signed a resolution Mar. 24 encouraging families to Get Outdoors Florida!  The resolution recognizes the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and  promotes Get Outdoors Florida! activities April 4-5 and throughout the year. When introducing the resolution Commissioner Charlie Bronson said, “Spending time outdoors is a healthy and emotionally satisfying experience for people of all ages, and is especially beneficial for our children, and allows them an...