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GAEA announces upcoming tours

December 26, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

- Jan. 2: Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Naples. This is a beautiful estuary area, with mangroves and many birds, dolphins, manatees and other critters. Cost is $45 per person.

- Jan. 3: Estuary kayak tour on the east side of Estero Bay from Coconut Point in Bonita Springs from 2-5 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 per person.

- Jan. 4: Bird beaches and mangrove creeks of Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay kayak tour from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of other creatures, including dolphin and manatee. Cost is $55 per person.

- Jan. 4: Sunset/bird rookery kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee River from 3-6 p.m. 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 our estuary. Great view of the sunset. Cost is $40 per person.

- Jan. 5: Estuary kayak tour in Estero Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 per person.

- Jan. 6: Manatee kayak tour on wild creeks and rivers 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. Also learn some history of our natives and these waterways and the birds, plants and animals that call it home. Cost is $50 per person.

Tours include equipment, and a certified Florida master naturalist will be your guide. Reservations required. For reservations, call GAEA Guides Guided Kayak Nature Tours at 694-5513.



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