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2010 Wakulla Wildlife Festival & Wild About Wakulla Week Special Events

Wakulla Springs March 19-20

Photo By Jeff True

Inside

• Activities and Tour Information • Photo Contest Winners • Schedule of Events

A Resource Guide produced by

The Wakulla News


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Fishers ask for help against ‘corrupt’ FWC By WILLIAM SNOWDEN

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Connor Keith

Big Bend spelling bee winner

Memb ers of the Wakul la legisla tive delega tion heard numerous complaints about the state Fish and Wildlife Conse rvatio n Comm ission – and some of the words used to describe the agency includ ed “corru pt,” “evil,” and “drunk with power.” Commercial fIsher men have insisted for years that the small mesh mulle t nets the state requires them to use are not viable, and harvest only undersized mullet and other bycatch. Contending

Connor Keith, a 12-yearold student at Wakulla Middle Schoo l, won the Big Bend Regional Spelling Bee over the weekend – the firstever winner from Wakulla County. Keith, from Tallahassee, is the daugh ter of Kristi and Jonathan Keith. Keith’s mother is a teacher at Wakulla High School. Keith was the winner of the school spelling bee in fourth and fifth grades. She partic ipated in the Brain Bowl, is on the All “A” Honor Roll, loves technology class, and is a memb er of the drama club. Asked what helped her win, she answered: “I stud-

the FWC isn’t answerable to anybody in making its regulations, fisher men asked legisla tors to use their control over the wildlife agency’s budge t to pressure them to negotiate. It wouldn’t work, said Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee), because the major ity of legislators don’t under st and the probl em and think there’ s no proble m with fisheries regulation. Lawson, who is being forced out of office by term limits after 28 years in the legislature, said he had been frustra ted by past attempts to solve the net problem.

Every time there’s a solution proposed and he thinks the problem is resolved, he turns aroun d to find nothing has changed. The other members of Wakulla’s legislative delegation – state repres entati ves Marti Coley (RMarianna) and Leonard Bembr y (D-Gre envill e) – also expres sed their suppo rt at a public hearing in Crawfordville on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Coley went so far as to suggest taking a look at making the FWC, as well as the Public Service Commissio n, electe d office s rather than appointed.

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The FWC was created by constitutional amendment that merged the Marine Fisher ies Commission and the Game and Fish Commission into one regulatory agency. It was touted as a means to remove politics from wildlife regulation, but fishermen have criticized the agenc y as havin g uncon trolled power – with no oversight from the legislature, and a reluctance by the courts to intercede given the legal presumption that the agency has specific expertise in what it does. Continued on Page 5A

Kessler treated for malaria

By WILLIAM SNOWDEN wsnowden@thewakullanews.ne County Commission Chairman Howard Kessler is being treated for malaria, which he appears to contracted during his recent medical mission to assist earthquake survivors in Haiti. “I don’t have the fear and chills anymore or the real bad symptoms of malaria,” Kessler said on Tuesday, Feb. 16, before the start of a county commission meeting. He was planning to chair the meeting. “I’m going to try it out and if it looks like I can’t make it, I may have

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Wild About Wakulla Week Special Events While the Wakulla Wildlife Festival is the keySopchoppy stone event of Wild about Wakulla Week, other Wednesday March 17, 2010 venues leading up to the festival will highlight the St. Patrick’s Day magnificent natural beauty of other areas throughStinger’s Bee Company will offer a tour of out Wakulla County. Please plan your Wild about their bee farm. Wakulla adventures during the week of March 1521, 2010. You can discover more activities by visitGeorge Griffin Pottery will have open ing the links at www.WakullaWildlifeFestival.org. house to feature his art and pottery.

St. Marks

Thursday March 18, 2010 San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park located at 148 Old Fort Rd, open 9:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. Thursday – Monday, museum fee is $2.00 per person, children under 5: are free, there is no entrance fee to the park. Their website is www.floridastateparks.org/sanmarcos

Scratch Cakes restaurant serves country breakfast, country style buffet for lunch, and St. Marks Waterfronts Florida Partnerships Tuesday March 16, 2010 evening meals. will be hosting a fish fry at the Wakulla River City Park from 5:00 p.m. til 7:00 p.m. A good Wildflower Walk in the Woods (Tuesday, Sally’s restaurant has a local flavor country old-fashioned fish fry at $10 per plate. Tickets March 16, from 3—5 PM). Join renowned FSU buffet for lunch as well as dinner menu. available at local businesses or call 509-1062. Botanist Dr. Loran Anderson for a moderate hike by pine flatwoods and depression ponds to view St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is ofRanger Andy Edel and the St. Marks early spring flowers and shrubs. We will begin the fering a free behind the gates tour of Karst National Wildlife Refuge are offering a rare tour at Otter Lake picnic area west of Panacea. features in the area. Join karst features expert opportuntiy to visit the St Marks Lighthouse Call St. Marks Refuge Visitor Center to sign up, Cal Jamison for this rarely featured tour. Call in the evening. space is limited. (850) 925-6121 St. Marks Refuge Visitor Center to sign up, “Join us for our annual lantern tour on space is limited.(850) 925-6121 March 18th at 7;30pm to see what lighthouse Cast Net Demonstration – Crum’s Mini keepers and their families experienced in the Mall. Back Woods Bistro will offer a promotional 19th century at the St Marks Lighthouse. give-away for Wild About Wakulla participants. Also learn about some of the great storms Oyster Shucking Demonstration – Mineral They have a good dinner menu and evening and heroes of the Lighthouse Service.” Springs Seafood. atmosphere. Tour is free, entrance fees apply (5.00$/vehicle) Call (850) 925-6121 to sign up. Taste of Wakulla Specials at Posey’s Steam Frank Lindamood, Gabriel Butterfield & Room. Friends, and the Johnny Marshall Band playT~n~T Hide-a-way, Inc., located at 6527 ing at Frog and Hummingbird Co. starting at Coastal Hwy., on the Wakulla River, will be ofDiscount on Admission to Gulf Specimen 7 p.m. fering canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttles will be Marine Lab. offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. All downtown shops will be open includ- to the Upper Bridge for the paddle down river Other businesses offering Wild About ing Sopchoppy Grocery, Sister’s Antiques, in search of manatees. Cost is $35 per person Wakulla specials. SnapDragon, Senior Citizens Thrift Store, and for kayaks and $40 for 2 person canoes. To Posh. Get your fishing supplies at Lou’s Bait make reservations or for more information call & Tackle and your camping gear at Sopchoppy T~n~T at (850) 925-6412 or visit their website Hardware. at www.tnthideaway.com.

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The Wilderness Way, located at 3152 Shadeville Rd., Crawfordville, will be offering Bike rentals: 2 for 1 rates all week long, Cruiser bikes $15 (1-4 hours). Monday, March 15, Wakulla River kayak eco-adventure: $42 per person includes kayak, guide, transportation and refreshments. Friday, March 19, Lower St. Marks Coastal kayak eco-adventure: $52 per person includes kayak, guide, transportation and picnic lunch. Advanced beginner level trip. Sat, March 20, Wakulla River kayak eco-adventure: $42 per person includes kayak, guide, transportation and refreshments. For more information contact them at 850.877.7200 or visit their website at www. thewildernessway.net. St. Marks Outfitters will offer 1 to 2 hour trips on a Carolina skiff to the Gulf of Mexico to view the wildlife and St. Marks Refuge. For prices and schedules contact Capt. Mike McNamara at (850)510-7919 or visit their website at www.stmarksoutfitters.com. Shell Island Fish Camp will be hosting an open house, visit their historical fish camp that has been in the Hobbs family since 1962. Guided fishing trips, motel and cabin lodging is available with a full marina and boat rental. Call (850) 925-6226 or visit their website at www.shellislandfishcamp.com. Lodging is available at the Sweet Magnolia Bed and Breakfast in St. Marks located at 803 Port Leon Dr. Call for availability and to make reservations at (850) 925-7670 or visit their website at www.sweetmagnolia.com.

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Wild About Wakulla Week Tours offered by Palmetto Expeditions Please plan to stop by our HOSPITALITY HUB in the pavilion at the Wakulla River City Park located in St. Marks. Green Guides will be on hand to welcome you, provide area maps, attractions, restaurant & tour information, and to answer your questions.

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Explore the natural wonders of Wakulla County with premium guided tours. All tours will be led by Certified Green Guides. Space is limited on many tours, so pre-registration is required. The cost listed is per person. It is important to consider travel time between locations when planning your day! Tour lengths are approximate and may be slightly shorter or longer depending on your group.

Visit www.PalmettoExpeditions.com for tour pre-registrations and complete tour descriptions. MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

ST. MARKS, FL

9:00 – 11:00 AM Wildlife/birding Walk & Talk With George Weymouth $15 9:00 – 11:00 AM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Kayak & Canoes with Jim Dulock $20-kayak $35-canoe 10:00 - 11:30 AM Discover Fort San Marcos De Apalache with Phil Gerrell $15 10:00 – NOON Two Rivers Scenic Paddling Tour with Marie Ann Luber $35 10:00 – NOON “A Clay Experience” with Nancy Jefferson $25 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Scenic Boat Tour at Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell $65 1:00 – 3:00 PM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 2:00 – 3:30 PM Natural Bridge Confederate Battlefield $15 2:00 – 4:00 PM Wildlife Paddle On The Wakulla River with George Weymouth $35

Other official Certified Green Guide businesses available to meet your guiding and outfitting needs: St. Marks outfitters/T-n-T Hide-a-Way.

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

PANACEA, FL

9:00 – 11:00 AM Seashore Wildlife Walk & Talk with George Weymouth $15 9:00 – 11:00 AM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour on the Wakulla River with Kent Mayer $45 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM “Liquid Emeralds” – The Sinks Of Wakulla with Marie Ann Luber $20 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Kayaks & Canoes with Jim Dulock $35 10:00 AM – NOON “A Clay Experience” with Nancy Jefferson $25 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Ochlockonee Adventure with Captain Karen Parsons $65 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Scenic Boat Tour at Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell $65 1:00 – 3:00 PM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 2:00 – 4:30 PM “Liquid Emeralds” – The Sinks Of Wakulla with Marie Ann Luber $20 2:00 – 5:00 PM Dickerson Bay Wildlife Paddling Tour with George Weymouth $40 2:00- 3:00 PM “Endless Living Treaures” Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Tour - Cypress Rudloe $7.50 4:00 - 6:00 PM Late Afternoon Nature Photography Hike with Jo Barksdale $12

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010

SOPCHOPPY, FL

8:30 – 10:30 AM A Nature Walk In The Park with George Weymouth $15 8:30 - 10:30 AM “A Clay Experience” with Nancy Jefferson $25 9:00 – 11:00 AM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 9:00 AM –11:30 AM “Liquid Emeralds” – The Sinks Of Wakulla with Marie Ann Luber $20 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Kayaks & Canoes On The Sopchoppy River with Jimmy Dulock $20 10:00 - NOON Florida Trail Hike – Sopchoppy Section with Lesley Cox $20 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Scenic Boat Tour at Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell $65 10:30 – 11:30 AM Historic Sopchoppy Walking Tour with Nelson Martin $10 1:00 - 2:00 PM Sopchoppy Princess Royal Walking Tour with Cindy Strickland Jordan $10 1:00 – 3:00 PM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 2:00 - 4:00 PM Found Flora Transforming Backyard Bounty To Indoor Beauty - Claudia Montany $25 2:00 – 4:00 PM Wildlife Paddle On The Sopchoppy River with George Weymouth $35 2:00 – 4:30 PM “Liquid Emeralds” – The Sinks Of Wakulla with Marie Anne Luber $20

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Wild About Wakulla Week Tours offered by Palmetto Expeditions continued from page 5 Please plan to stop by our HOSPITALITY HUB in the pavilion at the Wakulla River City Park located in St. Marks. Green Guides will be on hand to welcome you, provide area maps, attractions, restaurant & tour information, and to answer your questions. Explore the natural wonders of Wakulla County with premium guided tours. All tours will be led by Certified Green Guides. Space is limited on many tours, so pre-registration is required. The cost listed is per person. It is important to consider travel time between locations when planning your day! Tour lengths are approximate and may be slightly shorter or longer depending on your group.

Visit www.PalmettoExpeditions.com for tour pre-registrations and complete tour descriptions. THURSDAY, MARCH 18 9:00 – 11:00 AM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Scenic Boat Tour at Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell $65 1:00 – 3:00 PM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 Photo by Frank Thornton

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19 9:00 – 11:00 AM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Scenic Boat Tour at Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell $65 1:00 – 3:00 PM Glass Bottom Kayak Tour with Kent Mayer $45

SATURDAY, MARCH 20 10:00 AM –2:00 PM Scenic Boat Tour at Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell $65

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Art on the Terrace

Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 One of the great social events of the Festival is the Wildlife Art Grand Opening to be held on Friday evening March 19th from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Wakulla Springs Lodge welcomes both local visitors and guests from around the nation who appreciate the fine work of our regional artisans. Shell carvings, oil and watercolor paintings, photo art, historic and contemporary clay sculpture tempt those in attendance to bring a piece of art capturing the natural beauty of the

area home. If music is what feelings sound like, then Jonny Lipford captures an expanse of human emotion with his Native American flute. His contemporary sound mingled with his heartfelt passion for every note, creates a connection with his listeners. It is a haunting reminder of the quality of life enjoyed in a region touted as “The Natural Place to Be.� The silent auction is a favorite way to support the Wakulla Wildlife Festival. It is also a

Living History Demonstrations Saturday , March 20th Step back into the not so distant past to engage the hard working folks of the Big Bend as they labor to live off this bountiful land. Witness the art of Native American needle basket creation. Stand before the spinner’s wheel as cotton, wool, and silk are spun into the yarn used for weaving. Watch the sparks fly as a smithy hammers iron to his whim in the blacksmith’s forge. Using tools and techniques familiar to ancient peoples, a flintknapper manufactures and displays arrowheads, knife blades, and spear points. A moonshiner from the late 1800’s plies his craft while “U.S. Soldiers� from the 1830’s and 40’s take you back to the drama of the Seminole Wars. Your $6 per vehicle donation to the Friends of Wakulla Springs at the park entrance opens the past to your gaze.

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great way to view samples of the artist’s work and acquire fine art at a consumer determined value. Bidding begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 9:10pm. Winners are welcome to claim their prizes at the end of bidding. Complementary hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar offering wine and beer punctuate an evening enhanced with fine food designed to tempt the palette. Order off the menu in the Ball Room Restaurant to titillate the taste buds with fine Southern cuisine. Make reservations for your

special evening out by calling (850) 926-0700. Continue to enjoy the Wildlife Art Show on Saturday, March 20th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Normal park entrance fees will apply.


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Saturday, March 20th at Wakulla Springs State Park 10:30 - 11:30 am “Flying Flowers” of the Florida Panhandle - Get to know the common butterflies that thrive in the Florida Panhandle. Let Bill Boothe, a local naturalist, writer, wildlife photographer, and president of the North American Butterfly Association, open your eyes to the joy of inviting these “flying flowers” to your back yard. Meet in the Dogwood Pavilion Building, Wakulla Springs State Park. 10:30 - 11:30 am Reptile Show – Join Scott Courdin and Jackie Entz of the Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia Southern University, for an exciting show. Be mesmerized as you safely witness what so many fear. Discover first -hand the benefit native species play in our environment and how exotic reptiles threaten the stability of our fragile ecosystems. Participate in a hands-on reptile encounter!Meet in the Outdoor Amphitheatre by the Picnic area in Wakulla Springs State Park. 10:30—11:30am Scrub Oaks - The traditional music of Scrub Oaks is sure to please. Bring your family together to share some quality time to mark special moments to remember. 11:30-12:30 am Birds of Prey/Raptor Show - Scott Courdin and Jackie Entz of the Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia Southern University, bring their expertise to the Park to perform fascinating flight demonstrations of various raptors. Eagles, hawks and owls swoop overhead while Steve and David present predator/prey relations and raptors as indicators of environmental health. There will be considerable audience participation as they offer opportunities to get up close and personal with their feathered ambassadors. Meet in the Outdoor Amphitheatre by the Picnic area in Wakulla Springs State Park. 11:45am—12:45pm Coon Bottom Creek - Coon Bottom Creek embraces the friendly sound of Bluegrass. Grab a bite to eat and settle back for some Southern hospitality in front of the Azalea Shelter. 12:45am—1:00pm Happy 75th Anniversary Florida State Parks! 1:15-2:15pm Reptile/Amphibian Show - Scott Courdin and Jackie Entz of the Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia Southern University, return for a 2nd show, same as 10:30 am presentation above.

1:00 –2:00pm The Hot Pepper Steppers - The Hot Pepper Steppers have been performing Mountain-style Appalachian clogging since their inception in 1988.You may feel inclined to join them in their traditional green grass performance with a few fancy foot steps of your own. 2:00-3:00pm The Wakulla Springs Cave System - Woodville Karst Plain Project divers cover the ongoing exploration and research within the watery caves hundreds of feet beneath us. Join project divers on a video excursion into a dangerous and hauntingly beautiful world as they work to explore and protect the longest cave system in the world. Meet in the Dogwood Pavilion Building, Wakulla Springs State Park. 2:15 –3:15pm Pickin’ and Grinnin’ - Come to the picnic area in front of the Azalea Shelter and feel your heart race to the jubilant bluegrass sounds of Pickin’ and Grinnin’. See if you can resist the urge to tap your toes to this great local sound. 2:30-3:30pm Birds of Prey/Raptor Show - Scott Courdin and Jackie Entz of the Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern repeat the raptor show. Same as 11:30 am show above. 3:00-4:00pm Mysterious Waters, Discovering Connections in the Woodville Karst Plain - Meet the expert, Dr. Todd Kincaid, as he shares our current understanding of the groundwater/surface water flow through the Woodville Karst Plain (our sinkhole and tunnel-riddled limestone bedrock). He will present how groundwater tracing studies are being used to identify connections between surface water runoff, spring discharge, and Apalachee Bay, and how all of these are impacted by groundwater withdrawals and sea-level rise. Water quality and quantity at Wakulla Springs and in the Floridan aquifer affect animal, plant and human life throughout Wakulla County and into Apalachee Bay. Ask questions. Be informed. Meet in the Dogwood Pavilion Building, Wakulla Springs State Park. 3:30 –4:15pm Jonny Lipford - The contemporary Native American Flute of Jonny Lipford soothes the spirit and opens the mind. Enjoy the esoteric melodies revealed in front of the Azalea Shelter.

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CHILDREN’S TOURS! Friday , March 19, 2010 7:00-9:00pm #4 Spiders Up Close and in the Dark - Spiders are fascinating, and the webs they weave are incredible in architecture, engineering & design. Join Spider expert Dave Gowan for a detailed presentation about our spiders; then go out in the dark to actually find them! Bring flashlight or headlamp for each person, any spiders from home you’d like identified and a clear plastic container with lid. Presentation begins in the Pavilion at Wakulla Springs State Park. $5 per child. Accompanying adult no charge. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:30-9:30am #14 The Magic of Bird Banding - Meet Jim Cox and Jessica Lux with Tall Timbers Research Station as they demonstrate bird banding and the information that can only be gathered with a bird in the hand. Get up close and personal with winged wonders and learn

how bird banding has unveiled the mysteries of migration and survival in the avian realm. Create memories with your child as you marvel together at beautiful birds and the critical information banding provides. Meet behind the Concession Building at Wakulla Springs State Park. $5 per child. Accompanying adult no charge. Pre-registration required. 9:30-10:30am #15 The Magic of Bird Banding - This repeat presentation of the above is a must see for a child with an accompanying adult. $5 per child. Accompanying adult no charge. Pre-registration required. 12:30-1:30pm #16 We t l a n d Wonders - Join Ranger Jeff as he leads a hands-on virtual exploration of the park’s wetlands. Measure a gator skull and count its teeth. Discover how weak acids affect our limestone bedrock. See how many creatures you can identify from the Cypress Dome. $5 per child. Accompanying adult no charge. Meet in the Pavilion Building, Wakulla Springs State Park. Pre-registration required.

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PREMIUM TOURS! Guided premium tour descriptions

Space is limited on many tours, so pre-registration is required. The cost for premium tours is per person. Almost all of the events take place on the main park grounds. The Liquid Gems Tour is the one exception. It begins in the parking lot of the River Sinks Tract of the park. (See Map) Special children’s programs are a new addition to the festival’s events. They are designed with hands-on activities to entice inquiring minds. An accompanying adult is allowed at no charge with each paying child ages 4-12. Scholarships are available for children’s tours. Please see the website for details (www.WakullaWildlifeFestival.org).

Friday, March 19th, 2010 5:00-7:30pm #1 Evening Light Photography Tour—Join photographer, naturalist and author Doug Alderson as you explore the use of late afternoon light in nature photography. Glide down the Wakulla River in a tour boat to use this remarkable setting and its nearby wildlife as subjects with which to practice newly developed skills. Be sure to bring your camera to be able to join in the fun! Meet in the Pavilion at Wakulla Springs State Park. $15 Pre-registration required. 7:00 -8:30pm #2 Owl Prowl– Go beyond the search for Wakulla Springs’ feathered evening predators — the owls. Begin with the entrancing aerial dance of the park’s flock of chimney swifts as they prepare to roost . Join Park Ranger Patty Wilbur as she opens your eyes to the marvelous bird life present in the park at dusk and early evening. Meet in the Edward Ball Room in the Lodge at Wakulla Springs State Park. $10 Pre-registration required. 8:00 - 9:30pm #3 Sounds of the Night - Wakulla River Boat Tour - A unique opportunity to join Florida Park Service Biologist Dana C. Bryan as you voyage the Wakulla River on a

rare night cruise. Give ear to the night’s symphony which may include frogs, toads, cicadas, owls, and perhaps even a gator bellow. Shine for bright red gator eyes! Bring bug repellent and a strong flashlight or spotlight. Meet at Wakulla Springs State Park, waterfront building at the boat docks. $15 Pre-registration required.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:00- 8:30am #5 Sunrise Serenity Cruise - Join Florida Park Service Biologist Dana C. Bryan on a dawn Wakulla Springs boat tour. Savor the tranquility as the early morning light triggers the dawn chorus and breakfast activity of birds on the river. Bring binoculars, cameras, insect repellant (just in case), and a flashlight to help you navigate in the pre-dawn darkness. Meet at the Wakulla Springs State Park, waterfront building at the boat docks. $15 Pre-registration required. 9:00-10:30am #6 Songbird Tour - Wakulla Springs is a Mecca for songbirds. Join Park Ranger Patty Wilbur to seek out the winter residents and possible new spring arrivals. Bring binoculars and a filed guide to enhance your experience. Meet at the Tour Headquarters, Wakulla Springs State Park. $10 Pre-registration required 9:15-11:15am #7 River Road Neo-tropical Birding Tour - Enter an untouched old growth southern forest with Green Guides Mark and Selena Kiser. They will guide a small group of birders on a two-hour trip along the River Road which is accessible only on guided tours. The group will look for those hard to find species typically found in this extraordinary environment. This will be a special opportunity. Space is limited so sign up early. Meet at the Tour Headquarters, Wakulla Springs State Park. $15 Pre-registration required. 9:00-Noon #8 “Liquid Gems” —The Sinks of the Wakulla Basin- Explore the unique geological wonderland of northern Wakulla county. Follow Cal Jamison, Springs Ambas-

sador for Wakulla Springs, on an unforgettable journey to explore the beautiful sinks that are so special to this area. The tour will begin at the River Sink Parking lot and take you across the Wakulla Springs recharge area. Visit what few eyes have ever seen and discover how these “windows” on the aquifer impact our lives. Meet in the parking lot of the River Sinks Tract just south of the Leon/Wakulla County line at the SE corner of US Highway 319 and CJ Spears Road (go through open gate 100 feet on dirt road to gravel parking lot). $15 Pre-registration required. 9:30am-noon #9 Nature Photography Class/Boat Photo Tour - This workshop looks at different types of camera equipment and accessories, but the main focus is on developing a “photographic eye”. Bring some of your photos for “show and tell,” either in print form or in a format for showing with a PowerPoint projector (5 maximum). View slides, judge winning photos, and then embark on a slower than usual Wakulla River boat cruise to take some of your own photographs. Bring any type of camera, but you’ll have more fun with a zoom or telephoto lens. Workshop leaders – Lou and Betsy Kellenberger. Meet Upstairs in the Ball Room in the Wakulla Lodge, Wakulla Springs State Park. $15 Pre-registration required. 11:00am-1:30pm #10 Champion Tree and Botanical Treasures - Van and walking tour - Go where few ever get a chance to explore! Enter this mature hardwood hammock in normally off-limits areas of the park with Master Wildlife Conservationists George Apthorp and Connie Bersok. Be impressed by the giants! Many of the trees you see will be either the challengers or the champions for their species in the state of Florida. Meet at the Tour Headquarters, Wakulla Springs State Park. $10 Pre-registration required 11:30-1:00pm #11 Butterflies of Wakulla Springs -- Butterflies are more than just part of the landscape at Wakulla Springs. They and their caterpillars are locked in a life and death drama everyday. Join Dean and Sally Jue, but-

terfly experts extraordinaire, as they introduce you to these remarkable ambassadors of the insect kingdom. Bring a camera and binoculars to make the most of your opportunities. Meet at the Tour Headquarters, Wakulla Springs State Park. $10 Pre-registration required. 11:30-12:30 pm #12 Trumpets in Your Garden - Create a spectacle in your garden with the trumpet –shaped leaves of pitcher plants which are native to North Florida. Let local expert and propagator Jimmy Bone open your eyes to the stunning color and fascinating natural history of these easy-to-grow natural wonders. He’ll also introduce you to the lovely dew-drop laced leaves of sundews and the eloquent snare of the venus flytrap. Discover how easy it is to add these unusual and spectacular plants to your garden. Join in this hands-on program and take a plant “pet” home. A child between the ages of 4 &12 can work with a paying adult on this project at no charge. One plant included with each paying attendee. Meet in the Pavilion Building, Wakulla Springs State Park. $15 Preregistration required. 12:30-2:00pm #17 Mysterious Mushrooms - Let Bill Petty, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, demystify the often beautiful and unusual mushrooms and fungi spotted along the nature trail at Wakulla Springs. Bill’s passion and expertise are infectious. Visit his website at www.netally.com/annep/floridafungi to enjoy his award winning photos and sample the varied world of mushrooms. Meet in the Edward Ball Room (105) of the Lodge, Wakulla Springs State Park . $10 Pre-registration required. 1:00-2:00pm #13 Medicinal Plant Tour - Walk with Park Ranger Jake Hines into the woods of Wakulla Springs State Park to discover plants with healing properties. Learn the lore of the past along with the understandings of the present as you seek out and distinguish these soothing members of the forest community. Meet at the Tour Headquarters, Wakulla Springs State Park. $10 Pre-registration required

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