Butterflies

Panhandle Butterfly House open for exploration

Panhandle Butterfly House open for exploration

The Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) welcomed its first visitors of the season Saturday in Navarre Park during its 21st season Grand Opening. Visitors were invited to view and learn about native butterfly species, purchase native butterfly friendly plants and get coaching from master gardeners. Volunteer Nancy Pavlich, who has been with the program since 2014, […]

Bringing home the butterflies

Bringing home the butterflies

There are more than 180 species of butterfly that call Florida home. Forty of those species are either unique to the state or are found almost exclusively within its borders. Horticulturist Mary Derrick, county extension agent for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said butterflies are good to have around. Read […]

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Butterfly House recruiting volunteers

Spring is here, and that means the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is busy preparing for the grand opening of its 20th season. On May 6, PBH will kick off year 20 of its unique mission, educating the public on native butterfly species in northwest Florida. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of […]

County gives wildflowers the right of way

County gives wildflowers the right of way

On Palm Sunday of 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted land near St. Augustine on his journey to the New World. In honor of the holiday and the vast array of native plant life he observed, he dubbed it the “land of flowers,” or Florida in Spanish. Read the full article in the […]

Monarch Madness highlights end of year for butterfly house

Monarch Madness highlights end of year for butterfly house

Jean Berger sat at a chair on a sun-splashed Friday morning holding up a display of photos of butterflies. Children gathered around her, their eagerness to learn all about an insect so vital to the health of the environment very evident. “They find it very exciting and just absorb the information,” said Berger, a volunteer […]

Sunshine, blue skies and butterflies

Sunshine, blue skies and butterflies

The Panhandle Butterfly House opened for the season Saturday to a packed vivarium. The outdoor enclosure contains Great Southern Whites, Julia’s, Painted Ladies, Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Monarchs, Common Buckeyes and Zebra Longwings. The Butterfly House is open Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through August. Admission is free but donations […]

Week 3 of the 12th Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa

Week 3 of the 12th Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa

Temperatures are forecast to drop into the 70s this weekend just in time for a full slate of activities for Week 3 of the 12th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County. “Along with our monthlong corn mazes and farm fun at Sweet Seasons, Sonshine and Holland Farms, we have many other events […]