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GAEA Guides offers kayak tours during November

November 14, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

November's tours with GAEA Guides-Guided Kayak Nature Tours include:

- Nov. 15: Archeological kayak and site tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the ancient native Calusa Civilization by taking a guided tour of the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Pineland Site Complex. Then paddle on the grass flats of Pine Island Sound like the Calusa did. See a variety of birds, sponges, fish, soft corals, bottom dwelling creatures, dolphin and sometimes manatee. Cost is $60 and includes all equipment and entry fee to the Calusa Heritage Trail.

- Nov. 16: Kayak Mullock Creek from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from San Carlos Park. This is a very quiet pathway to the east side of Estero Bay in the area of the Estero Bay Buffer Preserve. Many birds, fish, dolphin, manatee and crustaceans among the winding mangrove creeks and in the Bay. Cost is $55.

- Nov. 16: Sunset/bird rookery kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in Fort Myers. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with 1000's of birds. Learn about the plants and animals that are in this part of the estuary. Great view of the sunset. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 17: Estuary and sunset kayak tour in Estero Bay from 3-6 p.m. at Bonita Beach. Learn about the wonders of America's only mangrove forest. See herons, egrets, pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbills, dolphins, manatees and more. This tour will also have a great view of the sunset. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 18: Wild creeks and rivers kayak tour from the Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the history of the Caloosahatchee and Orange Rivers, about the estuary that this area is part of and get to know the wild creeks of the preserve. Visit an active bird rookery island with many birds nesting at this time of the year. Learn about the birds, plants and animals. Cost is $50.

- Nov. 19: Peace River and Hunter Creek estuary bird rookery kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Punta Gorda. Wilderness and birds on the Peace River and its tributaries. Quiet and lovely. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 20: Estuary kayak tour in Estero Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonita Beach. Learn about the wonders of America's only mangrove forest. See herons, egrets, pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbills, dolphins, manatees and more. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 20: Bat kayak tour in North Fort Myers from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness of North Fort Myers. This is part of the estuary system, with many plants and animals. At dusk we will see the bats come out of their hiding places. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 21: Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass estuary kayak tour with from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in North Naples. This is a beautiful estuary area, with mangroves and many birds, dolphins, manatees and other critters. Cost is $45.

- Nov. 23: Estuary kayak tour on the east side of Estero Bay at Coconut Point in Bonita Springs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A great area to learn about Florida's first aquatic preserve. This estuary is abundant with life - many birds and marine creatures. Wander around secluded mangrove lagoons and tunnels. Hear stories of the Calusa natives that lived in this area for 1000's of years. Cost is $45.

- Nov. 23: Sunset/bird rookery kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee from 3-6 p.m. in Fort Myers. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with 1000's of birds. Learn about the plants and animals that are in this part of the estuary. Great view of the sunset. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 24: Estuary kayak tour in Estero Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bonita Beach. Learn about the wonders of America's only mangrove forest. See herons, egrets, pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbills, dolphins, manatees and more. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 25: Manatee kayak tour on wild creeks and rivers in Fort Myers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and learn about their history, habitat and habits. Learn about the history of these waterways and other fascinating facts about this area and the birds, plants and animals that call it home. Cost is $50.

- Nov. 25: Full moon/sunset/bird rookery kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee near Fort Myers from 3-6 p.m. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with 1000's of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 26: Kayak Alligator Creek in Punta Gorda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a beautiful creek that is part of Charlotte Harbor Estuary. See the transition from fresh water to salt. Lots of fish and birds feed on this creek. Learn about the estuary, the "cradle" of the ocean, and the important mangrove forest. Cost is $50.

- Nov. 26: Full moon kayak tour on Estero Bay from 3-6 p.m. at Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. Watch day turn to dusk on the waters of spectacular Estero Bay. See the sun set and then the moon rise. Day birds feed for the last time and then the evening birds come out. Paddle in the moonlight. Cost is $45.

- Nov. 27: Estuary kayak tour in Estero Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonita Beach. Learn about the wonders of America's only mangrove forest. See herons, egrets, pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbills, dolphins, manatees and more. Cost is $40.

- Nov. 28: Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass estuary kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in North Naples. This is a beautiful estuary area, with mangroves and many birds, dolphins, manatees and other critters. Cost is $45.

- Nov. 29: Telegraph Creek kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit this ancient creek with headwaters in the Babcock Ranch. Birds, including turkeys and peacocks, fish, otters, owls and beautiful vegetation. Also some strange, exotic animals. Cost is $50.

- Nov. 30: Back waters of Matlacha Pass kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wander through some fascinating mangrove creeks, see many birds - white pelicans - manatees and dolphin. Eat lunch on the water in this tranquil area. Cost is $50.

Tours include all equipment and a certified Florida master naturalist at a guide. For reservations, call 694-5513 or visit: www.GAEAGuides.com.

 
 

 

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