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Outdoors

  • Home on the Range August 16, 2018: Best range bag items

    By MARJ LAW

    Range bags are personal. Sure, we all carry “ears” and “eyes,” which are hearing and eye protection. Eyes and ears are a must at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office range, and at almost any range.

  • FWC Law Enforcement Report August 16, 2018

    From FWC News

    Some of the cases handled by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement during July 6 to July 19.
    (There were no cases reported for Wakulla County.)
     

  • Natural Wakulla August 9, 2018: Stinkbugs are a stinking nuisance

    The dog days of summer are here, and the human population of Wakulla County is overwhelmingly in favor of air conditioning. The thermometer readings and humidity levels are elevated to the misery point.
    If able to speak, most of the insect population would likely disagree. The sultry environment has created ideal growing conditions for plants cultivated both for food and landscape ornamentation.

  • Piney Z is a Top 10 fishing, boating spot

    From FWC News

    After six weeks of nationwide voting, Tallahassee’s Lake Piney Z Fish Management Area was awarded fourth place in the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s contest to rank the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the nation. It was recognized for its vibrant fishery, wildlife-viewing opportunities, paddle trails, boat ramps, bike/walking trails, playground and family-friendly amenities.

  • Underwater Wakulla- August 16, 2018

    The Arrow Crabby Gregg Stanton

  • Natural Wakulla August 9, 2018: Sassafras was once the base for root beer

    The media is inundated with soft drink advertisements targeting active summer youth. Some ads state or imply the consumers of these concoctions are adventurous, sophisticated, or just happy.
    It is truly amazing what can be accomplished with some carbonated water, sweetener, and flavoring. The sassafras tree was the source of one such flavoring in Wakulla County.
    Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses. Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago.

  • Be a shorebird-friendly photographer

    From FWC News

    If you are one of the lucky people to encounter and photograph shorebirds, please remember how to be a shorebird-friendly photographer.
    When photographing a bird on a nest:

  • Home on the range August 9, 2018 : What women fear

    By MARJ LAW

    Today, many mature women are purchasing handguns.
    They live alone now at the old homestead after having raised families. Their husbands have passed away. Now they live in big houses on large plots of land.
    And, unlike in the last 30 or 40 years, they lie in bed hearing every squeak of the old boards and every bump in the night. They are afraid.

  • Underwater Wakulla- August 9, 2018

    The Face of Safety in Diving

    As you know, I have spent several weeks in Hawaii helping Veterans Administration participants train on Rebreathers after the death of a student in their program. I brought back from that experience a desire to re-evaluate the way we treat safety in our diving community. I return to Hawaii next week to make presentations to bring a fractured community together there again.

  • Natural Wakulla August 2, 2018: These spiders are hunting insect meals

    “Oh gracious, why wasn’t I born old and ugly,” said a Charles Dickens character in the 1841 serialized novel “Barnaby Rudge.” This is not an often heard sentiment in the 21st Century which is focused on youth and beauty.
    While this pronouncement is the complete opposite of contemporary culture, the statement does apply to some in the world of insects and arthropods. The delicate and short-lived insects of summer in many cases come to a premature end at the grasp of another native bug.