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Outdoors

  • Birding at the refuge

    By DON MORROW
    Special to The News
     
    Early this morning I was at St. Marks NWR, walking along Lighthouse Road at the Double Bridges, listening for night birds.
    A misshapen moon hung high in the western sky and to the south a large thunderhead out in the Gulf intermittently glowed from internal lightening.
    Now and again a bolt would escape and go snaking across the sky, briefly lighting up the predawn darkness.

  • Underwater Wakulla- July 25, 2019

    Scuba Gear: Rental vs. Buying

    Are you a new diver and wondering if you should rent your scuba gear or buckle up and buy your own? Have you been renting for a while and think you’re ready to take the next step? Or do you own your own equipment but don’t want to haul it to your next diving destination? Here’s a break-down of the pros and cons of rental versus buying gear and what you should always keep in mind for each route.

  • Monitoring of historic sites with climate change

    Special to The News

    On Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will be partnering with the Florida Park Service to offer a Heritage Monitoring Scouts workshop at San Marcos de Apalachee Historic State Park, located at 148 Old Fort Road in St. Marks.
    This workshop is free and open to anybody with an interest in archaeology, but advanced registration is required.
    To register individuals need to contact Barbara Clark, FPAN Regional Director, at BarbaraAClark@uwf.edu.

  • Underwater Wakulla

    By GREGG STANTON

  • FWC Law Enforcement report

    From FWC News

    Some of the cases handled by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement during June 21 to 27.
    (There were no cases reported for Wakulla County.)

  • Underwater Wakulla- July 18, 2019

    Valves are being neglected, and no one realizes it.

    Diving is an equipment intensive sport, as such the maintenance of this equipment is essential. Annually, this includes bringing your regulators in to your to be serviced and your tanks to be visually inspected. Other dive equipment is often neglected which could lead to premature cancellation of a dive or, in the worst case, a problematic scenario underwater. An often overlooked piece of diving equipment is the tank valve which is often viewed as part of the cylinder and not an independent component.

  • Underwater Wakulla- June 27, 2019

    Test Your Breathing Gas!

    During the summer our Interns contribute to the column as part of their training.

  • Underwater Wakulla- June 20, 2019

    The Blacktip vs. Spinner Shark

  • Underwater Wakulla- June 13, 2019

    The Rescue

    Every diver should know that each will save their partners life and be saved by their partner while pursuing this adventurous sport. If it has not happened yet it will, soon enough. Parents understand this concept as they almost routinely perform rescues of their young children. Every NAUI course has a rescue component built into the schedule for just this reason.

  • Underwater Wakulla- June 6, 2019

    Sharks

    Lightning strikes kill more people per year than sharks, yet most people don’t think twice before going out in a storm. Shark education is important for the general beach-going, diving and spearfishing community, so that the overall fear that the popular movie Jaws instilled on the 1975+ generation can be remediated into factual, research-based information. Take my trip this past weekend as an example: