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Florida Forest Service addressing road damage and vandalism on Point Washington State Forest

June 10, 2021 – Increased law enforcement presence will be noticed on Point Washington State Forest due to forest road damages and illegal dumping. Abuse to the forest damages wildlife habitat and hinders Florida Forest Service management practices. Chipola Forest Service Manager, Mike Mathis says “We encourage everyone to enjoy recreational opportunities on the forest, but illegal activities are destroying habitat and hindering our management practices.” Entering the Forest is only permitted by using designated public entrance and exit points....

Participate in the St. Joe Bay sea urchin roundup May 22

Bring your own boat, gloves, and snorkeling gear and join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in removing sea urchins from seagrass beds. FWC will provide maps and gps locations showing where to collect urchins and buckets to put them in. Return buckets filled with urchins to our check-in station and get some swag. Staff will relocate the urchins to deeper water away from seagrass. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.,May 22, 2021 and all urchins must be turned in by...

Yellow flies are back!

It’s that time of year again, and those nasty yellow flies are biting… here are some tips for armoring yourself In Florida, the name “yellow fly” is used to describe about a dozen different species of yellow-bodied biting flies. “Yellow flies” readily attack humans and are usually abundant in Florida with peak annoyance occurring in May and June. “Yellow flies” are in the family known as Tabanidae. All tabanids go through an egg, larva, pupa and adult stage, referred to...

Managing Stormwater in a Changing Florida Panhandle webinar May 12 & 19

Join UF IFAS Extension for a two-part webinar series ‘Managing Stormwater in a Changing Florida Panhandle’ on May 12th  from 8-10 am CST (9-11 am EST), and May 19th  from 8-10 am CST (9-11 am EST). The webinar series will cover stormwater management, green infrastructure and low impact development. Please register through the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-stormwater-in-a-changing-florida-panhandle-tickets-150535308159 A detailed agenda can be found on the Eventbrite page. 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be offered for Professional Engineers through the...

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 turtles face as the beautiful creatures struggle to survive. Each year from May – October, there are four species of Florida sea turtles that nest along the beach in South Walton County – Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback and Kemps Ridley. Each...

Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary program public workshop on the Choctawhatchee River May 6

The Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Program, the University of Florida and the University of West Florida will be hosting a workshop on May 6, 2021 from 6 – 7 p.m. The workshop is designed to help shape priorities for management strategies of the Choctawhatchee Bay watershed. This is one installment of a three part workshop series designed to address the different parts of the watershed. This workshop will be focused Florida’s Choctawhatchee Bay and the surrounding area. Join in for an interactive...

Choctawhatchee Bay estuary program public workshop May 11

The Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Program, the University of Florida and the University of West Florida will be hosting a workshop on May 11, 2021 from 6 – 7 p.m. The workshop is designed to help shape priorities for management strategies of the Choctawhatchee Bay watershed. This is one installment of a three part workshop series designed to address the different parts of the  watershed. This workshop will be focused Florida’s Choctawhatchee Bay and the surrounding area. Join in for an...

Gulf coast lupine blooms along South Walton area beaches

Beautiful blue shrub a welcome 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 Northwest Florida. Lupine habitats are sand hills, scrubs and coastal dunes. This particluar perennial shrub is only found in a few counties with Walton fortunate enough to be one of them. The beautiful blue flowers provide a delicate lavender-like scent. Early settlers to the...

FWC offers tips to help people and pets safely co-exist with alligators 

Warm spring weather means Florida’s state reptile – the American alligator – becomes more active and visible. It’s also a popular time of year for people to enjoy the outdoors with their pets. To help keep people and pets safer when spending time near the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is introducing a new graphic outlining important safety tips. “We wanted to produce a tool with easy-to-remember advice that people could easily share with their friends...