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Wayne’s Kayak Trailer Rehab

A couple of years ago my sidekick, Ol’ Wayne, decided that it just wasn’t proper for me to be hauling my kayaks around on a  utility trailer. So after  a few beers, he began a  rambling discourse on the proper features of a sensible kayak trailer. I do not take Wayne’s  suggestions lightly, especially if Read More

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Making a Contribution by Walking the Beach

  For the past several years, Green Guides, Master Naturalists and other volunteers have been making a contribution to science and medicine by walking the beach.They are trained by the University of Florida and FWC scientists to collect data on a important species, the Horseshoe crab. Are you looking for a way to make a Read More

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Sunglasses and Hat Hacks for Fun on The Forgotten Coast

As a Florida Green Guide and naturalist, I spend a lot of time outdoors. Over the years, I have accumulated a drawer full of sunglasses. Some cost over $200 and some cost as little as $10. Don’t have a couple of hundred to spend on sunglasses? No worries, here are a few tips that will Read More

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Fishing Tips for the Visiting Forgotten Coast Angler

If you are a visiting Forgotten Coast angler, here is a fast start guide to help you find and catch fish. So read on, and then enjoy our coastal fishing. Fishing Software-Pro Angler, Outcast, Windy, Weather Underground, and Pro Tides. There are many handy apps available. These are just the ones I find helpful. License-Florida Read More

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Wakulla County Rivers

Messing Around in Boats    If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water – (Loren Eiseley, “Four Quartets,” in The Immense Journey). The real magic of Florida in not found in the Disney kingdom, but rather in the tremendous abundance of freshwater spilling forth from her hundreds of springs, thousands of rivers, streams and Read More

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Flowering Now

Daisy Fleabane We have six different kinds of plants in the genus Erigeron, and they all have similar appearances. This particular one (Erigeron vernus) is an early spring bloomer, and often grows in groups, with a height of one to three feet. Their bright white flowers are easy to spot along the roadside and many Read More

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Wildflowers Flowering Now

Flatwoods St. Johnswort If you drive through a pine flatwoods, like state road 65 through the Apalachicola National Forest, in the early spring you will see many low growing shrubs on the roadsides, covered with bright yellow flowers. If you pull onto a side road and go look at this flower more closely, you will Read More

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Wildflowers

Black Titi If you ride through the Apalachicola National Forest or Tate’s Hell State Forest now, you will see large stands of tall shrubs in the wet areas, covered with fragrant white flowers. That is the Black Titi (Cliftonia monophyla). It is not actually a Titi (Cyrilla) but they grow together in the same habitats Read More

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Flowering Now

White screwstem This is a very small wildflower (Bartonia verna) of late winter and early spring. It likes to grow in open damp areas where the nearby vegetation doesn’t cover it up. It has four bright white petals and is in the gentian family. You have to look closely to find it; it can bloom Read More