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An encounter with a living dinosaur

It’s not often one gets a chance to encounter a prehistoric creature. So when the opportunity arose to meet a fish with an ancestry that dates back 200 million years, well, I couldn’t pass. Through Nov. 7, The Panama City Field Office of the Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a Gulf sturgeon fish population census on the Choctawhatchee River. I contacted Frank Parauka, Fishery Biologist with the FWS, and he was gracious enough to allow me to tag along...

Family YMCA Adventure Race Oct. 25

Take a drive to Niceville for a kayak paddle and a three-legged race Saturday, Oct 25th 7:30am until finished Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park The Department of Environmental Protection’s Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is hosting the YMCA Adventure Challenge. This is a three legged race including 3 miles of canoe/kayak paddling, 4.5 miles walking and 10 miles of off road biking. You must register for this event prior to race day. For additional info please contact our...

Ugh… Dog flies are here!

Dog Flies and their habits When fall comes to our area, those refreshing weather fronts will move through from the north bringing lower humidity, lower temperatures and the infamous dog fly. The stable fly, known as the dog fly in northwest Florida, is a blood feeding fly that is a nuisance to man, pets, and livestock. From August through November the dog fly congregates on the Florida Panhandle beaches. This fly originates from farming areas in southern Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia...

Lake Powell and Camp Creek Lake discussed

Members of the Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board toured Lake Powell and Camp Creek Lake on Oct. 16. Florida State Park biologist John Bente, along with Richard Bryan, of Friends of Lake Powell, discussed the health, history and the outfall of the lake. The group then journeyed to Camp Creek Lake at WaterSound where St. Joe wildlife biologist, Jim Moyers discussed the indigenous flora and fauna of Camp Creek Lake. The St. Joe Company has left more than 85 acres...

Eglin recreation permits now available

by Jerron Barnett Eglin Environmental Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Attention all Eglin outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Fiscal Year 2008 hunting, fishing and recreation permits will go on sale at Jackson Guard Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. Several of the permit’s prices have slightly increased this year, due to increased costs to keep the program running, Justin Johnson, Jackson Guard outdoor recreation program manager, said. “The prices of the permits have held steady for nearly 15 years,...

Rehabilitated broad winged hawk released

Story and photos courtesy Crystal Bay Development When a family accidentally struck a young Broadwing Hawk on CR6 near Freeport on July 17, they immediately rushed the injured bird to Lisa Miller at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Partnership of Northwest Florida in Niceville.  Miller x-rayed the Hawk and found it had a fracture in a bone that corresponds to the forearm in humans. Miller called in veterinarian Lydia Staggs of Bayside Animal Hospital in Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach.  Staggs, who...

Sea turtle plates

We all love our beloved endangered sea turtles in South Walton. Hurricanes Fay and Ike put a damper on many of the local nests, but hope springs eternal for the future of the Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Green. Since most all of us are inclined to do the right thing when we can, many folks purchase a Sea Turtle license plate to help the worthy cause. But many wonder, where does your $23.00 donation go when you purchase a Sea Turtle...