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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.


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.

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