Explore the saltwater marshes of St. Andrews Bay Aug. 15

July 31, 2013

Explore the tidal waters along St. Andrews State Park. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors
Explore the tidal waters along St. Andrews Bay. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

The Natural Resource Extension Agents of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) present the 2013 edition of Panhandle Outdoors LIVE, a series of guided field excursions highlighting unique ecological features throughout northwest Florida. Trips began in March and run monthly through November 2013.

In the middle of the south’s spring break capital lies a pocket of nature rarely touched or explored. In this adventure you will visit a coastal wetlands mitigation bank with a variety of swamps and marsh habitats. Armies of Fiddler crabs march across salt flats avoiding tide waters and predators. We’ll see a variety of coastal birds and estuarine fish. You’ll enjoy finding the tranquility of nature moments from the busyness of Panama City Beach. We will be using kayaks and hiking. Sunscreen, water bottle, and bug repellent are a must. Lunch and snacks included. (additional details soon).  Space is limited to 15 participants

The day starts at 9:30 a.m. central/10:30 a.m. eastern and runs to 4 p.m. central/5 p.m. eastern.  Depending on location, moderate walking, hiking, swimming, and/or paddling may be involved.  Lunch, park entry fees, and rentals will be provided for each participant (18 and up only) at a cost of $30.  Registration is available at http://panhandleoutdoorslive2013.eventbrite.com, and space is limited, so register early! Necessary equipment and clothing will vary based on weather and location, but participants should bring sturdy shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, and a camera to each trip. Transportation to each location will be facilitated by carpooling, and some counties may be able to provide transportation. For more information, please contact Brooke Saari, Okaloosa/Walton County Extension by phone 689-5850 or email bsaari@ufl.edu.