World Paddle For The Planet 2013 is a four-day eco-educational fundraiser festival culminating with a 24-hour paddle on beautiful Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in the State of Florida and designated a "Pristine Florida Waterway". Festival events will be held in Carillon Beach and Camp Helen State Park October 10-13, 2013.
Dr. Sarah Schindele of Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) recently joined Leslie Kolovich on SUP Radio Show to discuss her work, the history and mission of CBA, and environmental and educational programs currently underway to promote the health of our diverse waterways of the Choctawhatchee (chock-tuh-hatch-ee) basin watershed.
While fishing off of the beach Grayton Beach, Florida I encountered thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) in what had to be a a jellyfish jubilee. This movie, as my other underwater movies, was recorded with a GoPro camera attached to a home made PVC drop stick weighted with BBs and attached to a heavy rod and reel. A small fin was also attached to the PVC tube to stabilize the sway motion as the camera was pulled through the water.
Bringing people together in the name of conservation is always a lot of fun, and what better way than a waterway cleanup? Well, there’s one coming up on Lake Powell – the largest of Northwest Florida’s very rare coastal dune lakes and home to World Paddle for the Planet October 10 – 13.
Come out and join beach-loving locals and the Walton County Tourist Development Council for the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup 2013 on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We all can do our part to help keep Walton County’s beaches clean and pristine. Join us at the following beach access locations:
All are invited to come out to one of SoWal's best dining spots to have a great time in support of education and conservation. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is hosting a fundraiser for area student programs, and the preservation of Longleaf pine trees, to be held at Bud & Alley’s from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sep 8.
End of July Update: South Walton Turtle Watch (SWTW) is reporting the most current count of sea turtle nests is up to 55. Some of the first nests of the season are approaching 50-60 days and we should start to see hatchlings and/or their tracks to the water any day.
Of course we all love the beach but we also love the REAL FLorida - the swamps and creeks, the backwoods, the prairies and fields. We love the wildlife and the beautiful plants and trees! We also love learning all about it and our favorite place is just up the road in Freeport.