Sep 22, 2021

September important month for native plants

The month of September is known as the gateway for a variety of events. Historically, it was the beginning of the school year.

September is an important month for many native plants in Santa Rosa County. This ninth month of the year with its dwindling hours of sun is the time seeds mature and plant growth slows.


Sep 15, 2021

A few hawk moths are a curiosity; too many require control

Initial impressions can sometimes be deceiving.

At any point in time the subject of interest may be in a brief transitory state which soon passes into a condition more representative of the creature’s true nature, especially insects.


Sep 8, 2021

Prepare for birds to make their way south

Labor Day 2021 is in the rearview mirror and the kids are back in school. Even though the solar equinox is in the future, residents to the north are reacting to the ever-consistent celestial indicators that fall will be here soon.

Sep 7, 2021

Walnut trees have what they need to survive in the wild

Juglans nigra, as black walnuts are botanically identified, is a native tree with a variety of features and uses valued by humanity. The southern range of this tree is the non-coastal zones in counties of north Florida and is not adapted to coastal environs with sandy alkaline soils. It grows in the wild and planted […]

Aug 25, 2021

Beautyberries have origins in dog days of summer

The dog days of summer have once again returned to Santa Rosa County.

As such, the dogs and their human companions are highly motivated to remain in any environment with cooler temperature readings.


Aug 18, 2021

Barnacles one of those frequently overlooked creatures

The summer of 2021 appears to be developing as a period of liberation between two pandemics with restrictions on activities.

One of the many advantages of living in the panhandle Florida are the numerous choices for summer activities.


Aug 12, 2021

Plants in vaccinium genus known for their fruit

There is the often-quoted biblical admonition “By your fruits you will be known,” which commonly comes up when discussing behavior.

In other words, a reputation will ultimately be based on the deeds and accomplishments of an individual, family or group.


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.



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