Panhandle Outdoors

California Seeking to Ease Restrictions on Gulf Oyster Rule

Oyster Boats on Apalachicola Bay: Photo by Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director   A notice has been issued by the California Dept. of Public Health dated June 27 that is seeking public comment on a proposed rule change regarding the allowable level of microbial Vibrio vulnificus in post-harvest processed Gulf oysters. Post-harvest processed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/18/california-seeking-to-ease-restrictions-on-gulf-oyster-rule/

Cool Season Wildlife Food Plots

Exclusion cages help us determine how much forage is being produced and consumed. (photo by Jennifer Bearden) It’s time to start planning your cool season wildlife food plots. Cool season food plots do a great job attracting deer and other wildlife to your property as well as providing a little nutrition. The first step is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/15/cool-season-wildlife-food-plots/

What Is Up with All the Sharks?

Since the beginning of the summer, panhandle residents and visitors have been reporting numerous sharks hanging out along the sandbars near the passes. , cruising between the 2nd sandbar and the beach. One visitor was even bitten; raising the question – WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE SHARKS? The Scalloped Hammerhead is one of five species …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/08/what-is-up-with-all-the-sharks/

“Digital Devices Transform Couch Potatoes into Air Potato Destroyers – Use Your Phone to Help Manage Florida Invaders”

Map and identify invasives with “IveGot1″ Digital devices have proliferated like kudzu in July, and new user applications for these devices are as common as armadillos. Untold hours and dollars are being spent by couch potatoes to defend artificial worlds from dragons, zombies and other imaginary invaders. Meanwhile, real exotic aliens from air potatoes to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/06/digital-devices-transform-couch-potatoes-into-air-potato-destroyers-use-your-phone-to-help-manage-florida-invaders/

Living with Florida Snakes

Warming temperatures have awaken snakes that have been dormant during the winter months.  As a result, they are more active during abnormal times of the day and move more than they typically do while searching for food.  This also means more people are likely to encounter with them. Even though most snakes are nonvenomous, many people …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/06/living-with-florida-snakes/

Pond Weed Management Workshop – June 12th

  Excess aquatic weeds can be a source of frustration for pond owners. Privately owned ponds and lakes are common across the Panhandle. Ponds can be a source of great enjoyment and frustration for their owners. When all is well a pond is a welcome addition to most any landscape. However, when problems arise pond …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/06/pond-weed-management-workshop-june-12th/

Our Recovering Florida Black Bear Population

Florida Black Bear visiting an easy food source. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Florida Black Bear are the largest land mammals in the state of Florida. At birth they are smaller than a soda can but they quickly grow up to 250-400 pounds for males and 125-250 pounds for females. Even though black bears are large animals, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/24/our-recovering-florida-black-bear-population/

Deer Nutrition Now Can Pay Off in the Fall

  Deer grazing test plots at the NFREC in Quincy. Food plots can benefit deer year round, not just during hunting season.   To the chagrin of hunters across the panhandle deer season has drawn to a close. As the days lengthen and temperatures begin to climb, many of the area’s outdoorsmen (and women) shift …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/22/deer-nutrition-now-can-pay-off-in-the-fall/

Aquatic and Natural Areas Pesticide Training and Exams

Pesticide Training and Exams being offered at the University of Florida IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office. March 31, 2014 8am-11am     Aquatic Pesticide Training 11am             Aquatic Exam 1pm-4pm       Natural Areas Training 4pm               Natural Areas Exam Cost is $ 10 for Aquatic Training and $ 10 for Natural Areas Training To receive a new Aquatic or Natural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/21/aquatic-and-natural-areas-pesticide-training-and-exams-2/

March is an ideal time to consider wild birds

Spring is a dynamic time for wildlife. If you enjoy watching nature, now is a fantastic time to get outdoors to see some interesting activity. March is also one of the best times of year to do some active management on your property to enhance the habitat you provide for wildlife. Purple martins select nest …

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