Jun 9, 2021

Be sure what is being consumed and control amount when it comes to horses

Ask any Santa Rosa County horse owner and they will say their horse has a sweet tooth.

In addition to sugar cubes there are apples, pears and many other fruits with a high sugar content which are attractive to equines everywhere.

Jun 2, 2021

Starfish provide important service to overall salty system

With the return of warmer weather and release from pandemic restrictions, many are focusing on outdoor activities where residents and visitors can enjoy the return of activities outside the home.

May 26, 2021

Coral bean serves multiple purposes

In the days before mass-marketing, big box retailing and internet sales, people had to create their own solutions to the wants and needs of daily life.

The results were based on the materials at hand and were often imaginative, but sometimes bordering on the absurd.

May 17, 2021

Rat snakes shift from tolerated necessity to problem wildlife

The blooms and leaves have confirmed the year’s progress toward the summer. The rising temperatures and lengthening days have been a boon to the birds and animals, too.

The blossoms in Santa Rosa County are popular with insects and arachnids for a variety of reasons. Some insects enjoy the nectar and pollen, using it to great effect.

May 12, 2021

Plenty of green this time of year in nature

Going “green” is all the rage these days. Businesses, politicians, public figures and more are promoting their commitment to ecological purity and environmental quality.

In nature there is plenty of green this time of year, especially the chlorophyl-based pigment.

May 5, 2021

Red foxes are a great example of seasonal change

Now that it’s May, it is reasonable to assume that cold weather is out of the forecast at least until late October. The higher temperatures bode well for the elimination of heavier garments.

Apr 21, 2021

Pecan tree has weather forecasting abilities

Folk wisdom can, in fact, be amazingly accurate.

Not because of some ancient or secret knowledge, but because it is attributable to generations of observation which has been confirmed time and again over the centuries.

Apr 14, 2021

Mantis is a master at stealth and camoflauge

More than one Santa Rosa County homeowner or gardener has noticed the sudden appearance of a hungry pest species eyeing the menu choices at every residence.

Fortunately, nature has a way of equalizing all situations when left to its own devices. With the increase of the plant-eaters comes those insects which restrain their population explosions.

Apr 7, 2021

Les Harrison: Doveweed makes homeowners fight for their lawns

There are many mysteries and riddles which defy understanding, even today.

One of those is the common names applied to objects or tangible things, especially some plant species found in the local environment.

Apr 1, 2021

Muscadines continue their journey up and over anything within their grasp

The climb to the top is always a challenge, but it is the goal of many.

The route is never a straight line or simple.

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