ecosystem

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

With cameras and binoculars in hand, residents and visitors trekked into the still-wild parts of Navarre Beach Oct. 30 during the first ever Nature Walk with Florida Audubon. Audubon Western Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala guided the group through the conservation and recreational lands near Santa Rosa Sound and along the Navarre Beach […]

Winner offers insight into fascinating world of sharks

Winner offers insight into fascinating world of sharks

Blacktip sharks were all the rage along Navarre Beach last month, easily spotted off the pier and close to shore while migrating into warmer water. But that’s not an uncommon sight this time of the year, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission marine biologist and shark expert Brent Winner. Read the full article in […]

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Corliss Castro never imagined she would become a park ranger. Before getting into the career, she was in a job on the opposite end of the spectrum. “I was a secretary in a medical office and indoors all day,” Castro said. She applied for a secretary position at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City […]

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

Dune damage on Navarre Beach costly

  Staying off the sand dunes along Navarre Beach is more than good environmental policy, it is a legal requirement. Since 2007 Santa Rosa County has had an ordinance on the books to stop people from setting foot on these natural formations, and for good reason. Sand dunes are a naturally occurring and crucial part […]

Children join the “Order Lepidoptera” at festival

Children join the “Order Lepidoptera” at festival

As orange and black wings fluttered around the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) en masse Saturday, so did young minds ready to learn about these fragile creatures at the annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival. This year the festival added a new lesson activity called the Monarch Madness Passport. Master Gardener and PBH volunteer Pam Murfey helped […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

ReefCam installation stalled again

ReefCam installation stalled again

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station received their underwater reef camera Aug. 30, but it will still be months until a live feed of Navarre’s reef ecosystem will be available to visitors. WTR-TV, or Watch the Reef TV, will provide a continuous live stream of Navarre Beach’s reef system to a monitor setup at the […]

Scallop search comes up empty handed

Scallop search comes up empty handed

The creatures appear as something out of a science fiction movie. Their outer shell is hard and rounded with scaly groves. A mouth stretches along the entire diameter of the body with hundreds of fringe-like tentacles. A ring of bright royal blue eyes sweep around each edge of the mouth. But this bivalve mollusk is […]

Eagle Scout leaves legacy at Sea Turtle Center

Eagle Scout leaves legacy at Sea Turtle Center

Eagle Scout Lucas Pallone’s love of sea turtles was sparked as he watched hundreds of little hatchlings make a mad dash for the Gulf one evening when he was 14. Thanks to that spark Pallone has helped the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center by building two educational displays as part of his final project […]

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Wastewater pact with Eglin on distant horizon

Holley-Navarre Water System officials have reassured Williams Creek residents that the utility’s plan to treat wastewater near their homes is temporary. However,  an alternative proposal to pipe the effluent to Eglin Air Force Base is years from reality. There are numerous complications and potential snags that weren’t discussed at the County Commission’s special meeting last […]