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Sandhill cranes winter in north Walton County

Winter visitors a welcome sight for local bird lovers For the last several years, migrating sandhill cranes have been spending the winter months in north Walton County in Paxton. Foraging in a wetland area and private pasture near Lake Jackson, more than 24 sandhill cranes spend several months in the area every year. Typically migrating in mid-December and staying until mid-March, the cranes are a welcome sight. With a wingspan of 73 inches and standing more than 41 inches tall,...

Guided kayak tour at Camp Helen State Park Aug. 9

Join Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 9 – 11 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest Coastal Dune Lakes. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water so unique and important. This guided kayak tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by...

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Nature Center open to public this summer

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will be open on Thursdays and Fridays in June and July. The hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. General admission pricing: $8.00 for an Adult, $5.00 for a Child (3-12) FREE for anyone 2 and under. The Center will also be open for summer day and week camps. For schedule of events available online, go to www.eowilsoncenter.org E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center 4956 State Hwy 20 East Freeport, Florida 32459 850-835-1824...

Sea turtle season in South Walton runs May 1 – October 31

South Walton Turtle Watch watches over our nesting sea turtles According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth, and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. However, they face an uncertain future. Illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution (physical and light) are only some of the issues sea turtles face as the beautiful creatures struggle to stay alive. Each year from May – October, there are four species of Florida...

Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou April 20

Date: Friday April 20th, Time: 9:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by...