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GAEA Guides announces upcoming kayak tours set

May 15, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

- May 15: 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.

- May 16: Archeological kayak and site tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bokeelia. Learn about our 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 per person includes parking and entry fee to the Calusa Heritage Trail.

- May 17: Estuary kayak tour on the east side of Estero Bay from 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 per person.

- May 17: Sunset/bird rookery kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee River from 5:30-8:30 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.

- May 18: 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.

- May 19: Rivers and creek kayak tour from 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 that live here. Cost is $50 per person.

- May 20: 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. Haven't seen a gator in there yet. Lots of fish and birds feed on this creek. Learn about the estuary and the important mangrove forest. See the transition from fresh water to the salt water environment. Cost is $50 per person.

- May 21: 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.

- May 22: 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.

- May 23: Bat kayak tour in North Fort Myers from 6-9 p.m. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness of North Fort Myers. This is part of our estuary system, with many plants and animals. At dusk we will see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures. Cost is $40 per person.

- May 24: Matlacha Pass backwaters kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wander through some fascinating mangrove creeks, see many birds (white pelicans, may be here from the north), manatees and dolphin. Learn about the critters and the ecology of the estuary. Eat lunch on the water in this tranquil area. Cost is $50 per person.

- May 24: Full moon/sunset/bird rookery kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers from 5:30-8:30 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 per person.

- May 25: 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.

- May 26: Rivers and creek kayak tour from 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 that live here. Cost is $50 per person.

- May 27: Kayak Shell Creek in Punta Gorda from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a beautiful, undisturbed creek with many cypress and large oak trees, lots of fish and birds feed from this creek. This is one of the only areas that we see the rare Limpkin. Cost is $40 per person.

- May 28: 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.

- May 29: Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary kayak tour with 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.

- May 30: Lovers' Key inside passage kayak tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy learning of the creatures and plants on the waterways of this state park. Truly a lovely place, full of life. Many birds, fish, dolphins, urchins, conchs, whelks. Cost is $50 per person.

- May 31: 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, crustaceans, among the winding mangrove creeks and in the Bay. Cost is $55 per person.

Cost of tour includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as a guide.

Reservations are required.

To reserve a spot, call (239) 694-5513 or visit the Web site online at: www.GAEAGuides.com.

 
 

 

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