Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Offers Wading Trips

Jan. 13, 2015

 

FORT MYERS BEACH – The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve invites the public to participate in an upcoming wading trip through the estuary on Jan. 28 to discover first-hand why estuaries are known as “cradles of the ocean.”

Now open for registration, the trip is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is being led by environmental specialists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.

Participants will take a refreshing journey into the waters of the bay, wading into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to find many of the plants and animals that call this estuary home. Dip nets and seine nets will be provided for participants to collect organisms such as fish, shrimp, crabs and snails, which will be placed in buckets or magnifiers so everyone can take a closer look and learn how each living creature plays an important role in the ecosystem.

Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet, such as old tennis shoes or diving booties, and a swimsuit or swimming shorts.

This trip is free, but registration is required. Call Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve at 239-463-3240 for more information and to sign up.

WHAT:   Wading Trip through the Estuary 

WHEN:   Thursday, Jan. 28
10 a.m. – noon

WHERE: Coming from the North
               Meet in the gravel parking lot, which is on the left-hand side of Estero Blvd
               1/4 mile South of Big Carlos Pass bridge. If you pass the Carl Johnson
               (Lovers Key) boat ramp entrance you have gone 0.15 miles too far.
               Coming from the South
               Meet in the gravel parking lot, which is on the right-hand side of Estero Blvd
               1.8 miles North of New Pass bridge. The entrance is 0.15 miles North of the
               Carl Johnson (Lovers Key) boat ramp entrance. There will be a small brown
               sign on the right side of the road just past a fence that says “Now leaving
               Lovers Key State Park.” The gravel lot is just past that sign.

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