White Oak Accepting Summer Camp Applications


This summer, students will embark on a global journey into conservation! Each day they will learn about threats to nature on a different continent, connecting to not only animals – but people and places as well. This STEM camp will put them up close to wildlife, science and leading experts in conservation! 

The adventure begins on Sundays when campers arrive for their week-long experience. During the week, campers will spend time in our conservation center, veterinary clinic, and our world-class conference center. In addition to learning about wildlife, they will engage in classic camp activities such as boating, hiking, swimming, bowling and so much more. Campers depart on Friday evening after our parent event that tops off their week. 

Your student will leave camp with critical thinking and leadership skills that will enhance their ability to make decisions that benefit people and wildlife worldwide. While at White Oak, they will gain independence and make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime! 

To learn more, visit our website at www.whiteoakwildlife.org/summer-camp/ to watch a camp video, read the camp FAQs and start your application today. 

Preference for camp spaces will be given to:
-Applications submitted by March 30
-Camp alumni and their siblings
-Families that were on the 2016 camp wait list
-Students attending White Oak Education Partner Schools

Residential Week-Long Camps: $1100
Sessions begin the week of May 28 and end the first week of August!

Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Landscape

Master gardener volunteer, Bea Walker, will conduct a presentation on how to create a wildlife habitat in your landscape.

-Learn how to attract butterflies and birds and other desirable wildlife to your gardens.
-Learn the four key requirements to create a wildlife-friendly environment; recommended plantings will be discussed and photos of two local gardens will be featured.
-Learn about the resources and programs available to support your efforts.

Class is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas. ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6351.

Landscape Matters
Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m.
Yulee Extension Office, 86026 Pages Diary Road

Small Farm Crop and Vegetable Irrigation Class

The Nassau County Extension office is offering a short course about irrigation selection for small farms vegetable and crop production. The class will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension office in Callahan, Florida (543350 US Highway 1), on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Topics being covered will be selection of proper watering systems, irrigation design and layout, irrigation system components, proper watering scheduling for crops, with hands-on demonstrations as well!

There will be a $5.00 pre-registration fee, or $15.00 at the door.

If you would like to attend, please contact Luke Harlow at (904) 530-6356 or by email at harlow1231@ufl.edu

Attached is the flyer with full information. Thank you and have a great week!

Post July 4th Beach Clean-Up Planned

Keep Nassau Beautiful and Wild Amelia invite you to participate in a beach clean-up on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00 a.m. where volunteers will meet at Peters Point.

This clean-up is specifically for the purpose of getting fireworks debris off the beach before it washes into the sea at high tide, so we will get out at first light to begin to pick up what we can.

All you need to bring is water, if you wish. Bags, gloves, and vests will be provided.

There is no need to pre-register. Just show up with a willingness to help restore the health of our beach after the fun of the July 4 holiday weekend.

So many sticks, plastic caps and other small objects are always left behind on our beaches after the fireworks display.

Plan to sign in when you arrive and after a brief gathering for important information (and to receive your supplies), and a group photo for newspaper publicity, you will be free to walk south or north as you pick up debris. Your time is your own; you may leave when you wish and know we are grateful for your time.

Sierra Club Offers FREE Screening of The Whale on July 4th

TheWhaleMountainsideFilmsNo baseball game, barbeque, or music on July 4th? Not to worry. Join the Nassau County Sierra Club for a free family-friendly movie, The Whale, which will screen at the Fernandina Beach Public library on July 4th at 6:45 pm before the fireworks start downtown.

The Whale is a documentary film. While not written or edited specifically as a children’s film, it is accessible and entertaining for children ages 6 and up. Children particularly respond to the film because it has the emotional force of a real story rather than being lists of facts. While the film does not provide answers to all the questions, a child’s curiosity is fed rather than ignored and what they most want to do when the film is over is talk about Luna the whale.

The film follows a lost young orca that uses humans for his need to socialize. People called him Luna. Because orcas are highly social animals and Luna had found himself alone, cut off from his pod, he seemed to think he could make a life among humans. So he tried to make contact with people at docks and boats along a fjord called Nootka Sound, on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island.

Luna, whom the press called “The Lonely Orca,” became the subject of controversy in both public and scientific arenas over what should be done with him—whether to catch him, befriend him or force people to stay away from him.

Although Luna was healthy, and his presence in the area delighted tourists and drew a large number of paparazzi, there were concerns that his behavior was endangering people. The relationship between the First Nations tribe and the local authorities – and how the two groups have contrasting views of what’s best for Luna – makes for interesting conversations after viewing the documentary.

This is not an advocacy film. But it is an amazing story. This film is more mysterious than most and has been described as “a complete emotional experience” because it tries to come to terms with the feelings of a whale.

A Look Back on Awareness in Agriculture

 A Look Back on Awareness in AgricultureThe 21st century has seen agriculture go from labor-intensive to machine-heavy: with tractors replacing draft animals, the transformation of agriculture from a cumbersome field to an automated one has led to a dramatic rise in food security and productivity, as well as a dramatic fall in long-run agricultural costs. However, the introduction of mechanized and engineering-based farming tools and techniques has not been 100% positive: this shift has given rise to its own set of challenges, with the need for sustainable farming practices – practices that do not hurt the environment in the long-run – having become a top priority.

Here are three ways in which irresponsible agricultural practices hurt the environment:

Reducing biodiversity
Almost one-third of the earth’s land is used for agriculture, of this, over 40% sees intensive or modernized farming. Hence the consequences of modernized farming – whether positive or negative – have ramifications for the entire human race. The excessive use of pesticides, for example, has led to the creation of pesticide-resistant pathogens; while the proliferation of genetically-engineered seeds is threatening a number of bird species with extinction. Furthermore, ineffective water management during irrigation has led to wide-scale water depletion, water-logging and salinity. Since the advent of modern agriculture, over 50% of the world’s wetlands have been lost due to ineffective agricultural practices; no less have been polluted. With 25% of the species under threat being fish and amphibians, this poses a serious risk for the global food chain.

Causing soil erosion and compaction
Soil erosion is the process by which soil is removed from one site and shifted to another; while soil compaction happens when soil particles are pressed against each other. A high rate of erosion can lead to lower yield and nutrition on-site and sedimentation and damage off-site; while a high rate of soil compaction reduces the number and size of pores between soil particles, lowering water infiltration, gas exchange and drainage in the soil and stunting growth.

How do irresponsible agricultural techniques cause soil erosion and compaction? There are a number of ways. Unvaried moldboard plowing or disking is one cause; wheel traffic through tracks and tires is another. In both circumstances, farmers can alleviate the problem by varying the depth of tillage over time. Controlling the traffic – restricting the amount of soul traversed, by using same wheel tracks – is another technique. Farmers might also want to expand crop rotation, as greater rotation increases rooting systems and spreads out the potential for compaction through traffic, instead of concentrating it in one period. Use of fuel-less generators for the effective running of heavy farm machinery would help a great deal.

Creating air and water pollution
In traditional agriculture, animal waste is used as a fertilizer; in modern farming methods, it is a major pollutant. Why is this? Because intensive farming concentrates a massive number of animals in a small space to cut down costs and achieve economies of scale, it produces an unmanageable amount of waste – case in point: intensive farm with around 30,000 hogs would produce over four million pounds of waste in a week.

Intensive farms deal with this waste by funneling it into giant pits called waste lagoons, where it is mixed with water before being sprayed on to cultivated land. The cons to this method are numerous: the sheer amount of the waste results in over-application that the raises phosphorus and nitrogen to toxic levels; or breaks and leaks in the lagoons that send pollutants and bacteria into water supplies. In addition to polluting it, the waste lagoon system also depletes ground water. For all of these reasons, it has become essential to determine an optimal point between cost and quality that not only leverages agricultural mechanization, but also sustains the planet.

Contributed by Zyana Morris

Sharkwater, the Film

Sharkwater, is a FREE film screening that will be presented by the Nassau County Sierra Club on June 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Shown at the Fernandina Beach Public Library, this is a documentary by Rob Stewart who dives into shark-filled waters to help raise awareness and disprove stereotypes. He ventures into treacherous territory, and amazing locations underwater to explain how sharks are an essential part of our ecosystem.

This award-winning film, with renegade conservationist Paul Watson, he and Stewart expose the criminal and highly-profitable harvesting of shark fins, face shark poachers, and a corrupt court system.

The film is rated PG; some content might be disturbing for young children.

Inspired by nature, the Sierra Club works to protect our communities and the planet. They are America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, and they are always looking for volunteers.

For more information, please visit their website.

Learn About Palms on May 25th

Rebecca Jordi will conduct a Landscape Matters class on Palms at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The class will be conducted at the Palm Demonstration Garden, James S. Page Governmental Complex, on Nassau Place in Yulee. The class is free and open to the public.

Topics include the general biology of palms, cold hardy varieties, planting and fertilization; common palm diseases and nutrient deficiencies; outdoor demonstration of proper pruning and fruit stalk removal; and staking.

For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6350.

2016 Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across The Sand, partly sponsored by the Sierra Club, raises awareness for the need for clean energy. This is a world wide event! Come on out and join the movement and take a stand.

Here’s how:

1. Go to Main Beach in Fernandina Beach at 11.30 AM, rain or shine, on May 21, 2016.
2. Join hands for 15 minutes at 12:00 PM, forming lines in the sand, against dirty fuels. Say yes to clean energy and renewables.
3. Leave only your footprints.

In addition, consider getting involved in a local organization that supports clean energy and remember to invite your friends! Let’s join forces and hands for a common, clean and realistic goal.

It’s Time for City’s Recycling Event

It's Time for City's Recycling EventIt’s time for the City of Fernandina Beach’s Annual Recycling Event. Held at the maintenance/utilities complex at 1017 South Fifth Street Extention, on Amelia Island. The event is this coming Saturday, April 16, 2016, and begins at 7:00 AM.

Items accepted include:
Plastic bottles
Propane Tanks
Steel/Aluminum Cans
Oil and filters
Hazardous Chemicals
Flourescent Bulbs
Non-prescription Medications

This is also a Food Drive with the Barnabas Center.

Please bring non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry, such as: tuna, meats, soup, beans, fruits, vegetables, pasta, and peanut butter.

If you have any questions, please call (904)310­3315 or check out the Fernandina Beach Maintenance Department on facebook.

Landscape Matters 2016

Landscape Matters 2016The Nassau County Cooperative Extension monthly series, Landscape Matters, are held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am and given by Nassau County Extension Agents and/or Master Gardeners.

These presentations will be held at the Yulee Satellite Office, 86026 Pages Dairy Road, Yulee. Rose Class and Pruning Class will be held at the Demonstration Garden, Yulee Government Complex, 96135 Nassau Place.

We have listed the presentations on our SearchAmelia.com event calendar; here are the presentations for the remainder of the year.

April 6th -Hummingbirds
Fee $10 for recycled feeder.
To register email rljordi@ufl.edu
Rebecca Jordi

April 20 – Snakes
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Karl Shaffer

May 4 – Hydrangeas
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Joanne Templeton

May 25 – Palm Trees
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Demonstration Garden Location
Yulee Governmental Complex
Rebecca Jordi

June 1 – Garden Pests
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

June 20 – Lawn Problems
St. Augustine grass
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Nelson Peterson

July 6 – Drought Tolerant Plants
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

July 20 – Native Plants
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

August 3 – Vegetables
Joseph Smith

August 17 – Invasives and Alternatives
Rebecca Jordi

September 7 – Landscaping for Wildlife
Bea Walker

September 21 – Butterflies
Ginny Grupe

October 5 – Tree Planting and Selection
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

October 19 – Bulb Propagation and Division
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Rebecca Jordi

November 2 – Herbs
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Claudie Speed

November 16 – Are Bats Beneficial?
10AM – 11:30AM
Pre-register by Nov 9. Fee $15.
Cindy Steighner and Karl Shaffer

Nov 30 – Holiday Mailbox Decorating
Carol Ann Atwood & Sylvie Baxter

These programs are free to the public, so please call (904) 530-6350 or e-mail rljordi@ufl.edu if you plan to attend.

If response is too small, the program will be canceled.

Images of the Greenway 2016

Images of the Greenway 2016October’s Brown Bag Lunch will be held at the Amelia Island Museum of History (233 South Third Street) at noon on October 7, 2015.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is thrilled to announce the launch of its newest Gaslight Gallery Exhibition, a photographic display called Images of the Greenway. They will introduce this captivating new exhibit with a presentation by its creator, Dr. Bill Birdsong.

Images of the Greenway is a visual introduction to Fernandina’s lush Greenway, a protected area along Egans Creek that displays the island’s breathtaking natural beauty. The Greenway is made up of two sections that offer a walk through a salt and fresh water environment, each with distinct plant and animal populations.

The exhibit and the lecture that introduces it will celebrate the flora and fauna that make the area so unique. Bill will discuss the history and background of the preserve, and share some of the aspects that captured his attention and made documenting the Greenway via images his passion.

The exhibit will run from October 7th to December 11th, and prints from the display will be available for purchase at the Museum. The lecture on October 7th will be free and open to the public.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 4pm, and Sundays, 1pm – 4 pm. General admission is $7. Don’t miss this vivid photographic exhibition!

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5 Ways for Comparing Indoor Mold And Outdoor Mold

5 Ways for Comparing Indoor Mold And Outdoor MoldMold is a common issue you may have to face from time to time with your property. These molds can quite often be very dangerous from a health perspective. They can get airborne pretty quick and start to affect the eyes causing sores, allergic reactions in some people and even respiratory irritation. These symptoms could range from minor to very severe and if left untreated could cause toxicity and infections.

People with asthma may be more affected since they are highly sensitive to the spores these mold produce. They get an attack if they come into contact with mold either indoors or outdoors.

The ACOEM or the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine states that the mold indoors is more widely recognized, but the mold outdoors is the more harmful type for people with asthma. Here are the differences between the two and what you can do to stop them.

Indoor mold
Mold growth within a building is sometimes more common and is the most easily recognized form of mold. The mold can sometimes even be hidden away, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t affecting your health.

Indoor mold usually gets collected around places where there is moisture and they set out to reproduce by reproducing spores. These spores are the main cause for concern. They are carried around by the air currents within the house and can land on places to spread the mold or go into your nose to cause health issues over the long term.

Outdoor Mold
In most cases the number of spores inside a building or apartment may closely resemble the outdoors. Levels are pretty close and the threat from them both is equally matched. In fact, better ventilated rooms and buildings have a major problem with outdoor mold as it can quickly spread around the insides of a building, making matters even worse.

There are a lot of variations between indoor mold and outdoor mold, but sometimes they could be hard to tell apart. Here are some ways:
1. Clean and repair roof gutters to help stem the seepage of the mold from out to in.
2. Clean the drips from air conditioning regularly. Also do this cleaning routine for the drainage pipes. Remember moisture removal is the key to fighting mold in the house.
3. Keep a close eye on indoor moisture
4. Dry the areas where the humidity is too great. You can usually target the areas in the house that you have identified with a simple cleaning and drying routine. Remove all the sources of condensation to prevent the mold from reoccurring.
5. You have to treat wood to prevent mold from residing there. Try to use an EPA approved fungicidal encapsulation coating to get inside the root of the wood panel or wooden frame. This can be done in the basement, the attic or any other sort of crawl space in the house where you think it is likely mold will occur.

To deal with any sort of mold, you could hire the best mold removal company in Trenton, Air Treatment System.

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Beach Clean Up on Amelia Island May 30th

Beach Clean Up on Amelia Island May 30thSurf Asylum and Waxhead Sun Defense Foods have joined forces to organize the inaugural Coastal Crusaders Beach Clean Up, a grassroots effort to remove litter from our beaches, starting right here on Amelia Island.

They will provide shady tents, ice cold water and raffle prizes.

All volunteers are welcome, so invite your friends, neighbors and family. Please bring your own environment-friendly tools: buckets, work gloves, biodegradable bags and reusable water bottles.

Together we will make a difference for our beautiful coasts everywhere.

Registration and more info: http://gowaxhead.com/cleanup

Saturday, May 30, 2015, Check in at 4:00 pm, Main Beach Amelia Island, Florida.

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