Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

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April

Oysters 101

Discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. We will learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct taste and how oysters benefit the ecosystem. Rain date is April 19th. Please register for class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 / email or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Bay Friendly Landscaping Workshop

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a Bay Friendly Landscaping workshop on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328 The class is free. Please register for the class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 / email.

Estuary Class

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life?
Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, April 14th, 12:00-4:00pm to explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The workshop will be based at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. The class is $20.00. Please register in advance. Rain date is April 28. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 / email or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Birding the Bay, Spring Migration Celebration
ANERR Nature Center, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328

Tours packages are $45. To register, visit birdingthebay.eventbrite.com.

Birders of all levels are invited to join Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) for a day-long birding event on the Forgotten Coast. Professionally-led tours will focus on shorebirds, migratory birds and/or woodland species. View colorful song birds like Indigo Buntings and Summer Tanagers on St. George Island on their migratory stop over, spot shorebirds in the shallow waters around St. George Island State Park, visit the pine woodlands where the Red Cockaded Woodpecker thrives, or learn the basics of birding with Audubon at the Reserve.

Participants may choose from one of three tour options:

Tour 1: St. George Island migratory songbirds, shorebirds and woodland birds
Tour 2: Red Cockaded Woodpecker tour
Tour 3: Birding 101 - Learn birding basics and view shorebirds and woodland species

After a morning in the field, participants will return to the Nature Center for lunch and a lecture by Budd Titlow, award-winning nature photographer and author, professional wildlife biologist and wetlands scientist. Additionally, the afternoon will feature educational booths from the University of Massachusetts, Florida Audubon and the Florida Wild Mammal Association. Participants can observe a migratory mist net and bird banding demonstration, and obtain birds of prey information. The Nature Center will display bird videos throughout the day, including The Jackson Childs "Gulf Crossing: Story of Spring" documentary.

Limited packages without tours are also available, and include lunch, lecture, a t-shirt, Sibley birding book and tote bag for $35. Attendance for the videos and information booths are free and open to the public.

While the tours are not strenuous, they are intended for intermediate-to-experienced birders and are most appropriate for those 8 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Tours will happen rain or shine. ANERR's Nature Center is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 850-670-7700.


May

Oysters 101

Discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. We will learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct taste and how oysters benefit the ecosystem. Rain date is May 18th. Please register for class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 / email or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Living Shorelines

Coastal erosion is a natural process caused by currents, wave action, wind, storms and even boat wakes. The traditional methods using to harden the shoreline like seawalls and rip rap can often increase coastal erosion and remove the ability of the shoreline to carry out natural processes. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will host a workshop on Living Shorelines on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm. The workshop will discuss living shorelines vs. harden shorelines, how to evaluate a shoreline by considering the physical factors such as wave energy, prevailing wind and wave direction, vegetation, and soil type, and present living shoreline methods, materials, permitting, and share success stories of local living shorelines. We will also look at types of plants to plant and visit a local living shoreline. The lecture is free, registration is suggested. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Estuary Class

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life?
Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, May 12th, 12:00-4:00pm to explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The workshop will be based at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. The class is $20.00. Rain date is May 26. Please register in advance. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.