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ANERR Workshop: Blue Carbon - July 28, 2015

Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of CoastalWetlands will be offered by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserveon July 28th, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Leading Blue Carbon experts Steve Emmett-Mattox with Restore America’s Estuaries and Dr. Stephen Crooks will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems, and how these concepts can be used to support land conservation and restoration goals, plus generate new revenue opportunities.  They will discuss the economics of blue carbon, the basics of coastal landscape project planning, models, and implementation practices, and the benefits of combining blue carbon projects with traditional conservation and restoration activities.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in coastal conservation and restoration, including natural resource managers, land owners, land trust managers, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials.

Presenters include Steve Emmett-Mattox and Dr. Stephen Crooks. Mr. Emmett-Mattox is the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Programs for Restore America’s Estuaries, where he leads the U.S. blue carbon effort and has been developing strategic initiatives for 15 years. Dr. Crooks is the Director of Climate Change Services for Environmental Science Associates, Co-Chair of the International Blue Carbon Working Group and member of the IPCC Working Group that drafted the 2013 guidelines to include wetlands in national greenhouse gas inventories. 

Registration is $20. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register go to http://gulfalliancetraining.com/detail.aspx?Id=96  For more information, please contact Anita Grove at Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7708 or Margo Posten at Margaret.Posten@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7719.

WHAT:    Workshop: Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands

WHEN:    Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 8:30am-4:30 pm

WHERE: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center
                108 Island Dr.
                Eastpoint, FL 32328

Turtle Talk - July 29, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - July 31, 2015

Climb to the top of the Cape St. George Light to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

Kingfish Shootout - August 1, 2015 through August 2, 2015

This weekend event gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy themselves while advocating a wonderful cause that helps so many. All proceeds go to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Over $750,000 raised in the past 11 years.

Turtle Talk - August 5, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Apalachicola Farmers Market - August 8, 2015

Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market which opens July 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola.

The Farmers Market will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Pavillion, which overlooks the historic Scipio Creek boat basin.

Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. 

Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.  

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer?  Email apalachicolafarmersmarket@gmail.com to be a part of this vibrant community.

St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Run - August 8, 2015

18th Annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run – Saturday, August 8, 2015 - The St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run is an annual event sponsored by the Tate's Hell Track Club. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. 2015 will be our 18th year. After the race, enjoy a Post Race Party with fresh seafood & beverages at St. George Lighthouse Park with live music by Debi Jordan. On-site registration & packet pickup begins at 4:00pm at St. George Lighthouse Park. The One Mile Fun Run begins at 6:30pm and the 5K Race begins at 7:00pm. Post Race Party and awards at St. George Lighthouse Park at 7:30pm. Discounts for military personnel and school cross country teams.  For more info and pre-registration information visit:  www.stgeorgeislandsizzler.com   Phone: 850-509-2191 Email: info@stgeorgeislandsizzler.com

Turtle Talk - August 12, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - August 15, 2015

Climb to the top of the Cape St. George Light to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

V-Day at St. George Island State Park - August 15, 2015

August 15, 2015 is the 70 year anniversary of V-Day or Victory Day, which marked the end of World War II in 1945.  Florida was an active training ground for the United States military.  The Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum in nearby Carrabelle will be at St. George Island State Park to talk about the relationship between the camp, St. George Island and other nearby areas.  Come to the park to see military vehicle displays, equipment and historical information highlighting the important role Florida played in training for the battlefield during World War II.  Vehicles and displays provided by Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.

Turtle Talk - August 19, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Apalachicola Farmers Market - August 22, 2015

Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market which opens July 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola.

The Farmers Market will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Pavillion, which overlooks the historic Scipio Creek boat basin.

Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. 

Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.  

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer?  Email apalachicolafarmersmarket@gmail.com to be a part of this vibrant community.

Turtle Talk - August 26, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Free Fishing Day - September 5, 2015

Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don't yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply. 

License-free freshwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second Saturday and Sunday in June

License-free saltwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday following Thanksgiving

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days.

Apalachicola Farmers Market - September 12, 2015

Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market which opens July 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola.

The Farmers Market will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Pavillion, which overlooks the historic Scipio Creek boat basin.

Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. 

Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.  

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer?  Email apalachicolafarmersmarket@gmail.com to be a part of this vibrant community.

Early People of the Forgotten Coast - September 12, 2015

Fascinating talk with authors and experts on 1500-1800 - the next chapter in our area's history.

September 12, 2015 10 am - 2 pm
Franklin County Senior Center
201 NW Avenue F, Carrabelle, FL 32322

Rock By The Sea Charity Music Fest - September 24, 2015 through September 26, 2015

Rock By The Sea & Now I Play Along Too present this charity music festival to benefit Now I Play Along Too and Franklin County Library.
The three-day event, hosted at Harry A's on St. George Island, will eature artists including Melodime, Steve Everett, Stephen Kellogg, Tony Lucca, Paul McDonald, Amy Gerhartz, Brian Fechino, Tim Brantley, Hey Monea!, The Georgia Flood and The Blues Factor. Activities include a Scavenger Hunt and Golf with a Musician.

National Estuaries Day - September 25, 2015

It's all about the Bay on Sept 25 as the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) celebrates National Estuaries Day at its Nature/Visitor Center in Eastpoint. The festivities will run from 1:30-6 p.m. and will feature family-friendly activities, touch tanks, fun and educational games.  The Visitor Center is located near the St. George Island Bridge at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint.