North Florida is an area steeped in history and prehistory. St. Vincent Island is the home of thousands years old oyster middens, evidence that native people had made use of the coast for quite a long time. The first European settlers in North Florida were the Spanish, who introduced the wild hogs that still roam our forests. If you’ve ever wondered why so many places on our coast are named for saints, that was the work of Spanish friars (San Marcos de Apalache is now St. Marks, for instance). Natural resources drove American settlement here, from timber to commercial fishing and oyster harvesting.
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Explore Our Coasts
Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes work to unlock the secrets of the intertidal ecosystems that make up our coasts. In a series of short videos, they explore the inner workings of salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds as well as the ways in which we enjoy what they offer us. Join us as we kayak, snorkel, and wade the wet and wild of the Forgotten Coast.
In the Grass, On the Reef is funded by the National Science Foundation.
One time "In the Grass..." contributor and Apalachicola author Dawn Evans Radford has posted the short story "Oyster Hound," about a dog with a "gormay nose for fat juicy oysters..."
Read the story on Apalachicolabay.com.
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