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Invasive Species of the Day (March 1): Coral Ardisia, Beach Vitex, Crazy Ant

March 1st: Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata), Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), Crazy Ant (Nylanderia pubens) Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR): All of the species featured in today’s article are ones that we need to keep an eye on as they move closer to the Florida panhandle.  If new invasive species are caught early, then eradication of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/01/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-1-coral-ardisia-beach-vitex-crazy-ant/

Beach Mice of Florida

The Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse is one of four Florida Panhandle subspecies classified as endangered or threatened. Beach mice provide important ecological roles promoting the health of our coastal dunes and beaches. Photo provided by Jeff Talbert Sea Turtles are one of the largest and most beloved animals associated with Florida coastal habitats. However, there is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/08/beach-mice-of-florida/

2013 Lionfish Summit; update on FWC meeting in Cocoa Beach

It seems everyone in the Panhandle is talking about the invasive lionfish. This non-native member of the scorpionfish family was first seen in U.S. waters in 1989 near Ft. Lauderdale.  Over the last two decades, much has been learned about the biology and potential impacts of lionfish in our waters; For additional background information you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/22/2013-lionfish-summit-update-on-fwc-meeting-in-cocoa-beach/

Beach Vitex… Is It a Growing Problem?

Beach vitex expands its woody rhizomes aggressively; it can actually grow over sidewalks and driveways.   It’s actually a pretty plant, this Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), and it is very good at stabilizing eroding dunes. In the 1990’s, the state of South Carolina planted this shrub to help restore dunes lost during hurricanes. It was …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/20/beach-vitex-is-it-a-growing-problem/

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