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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wakulla Wildlife Festival - April 3-5, 2008

Some highlights of this festival include:
Wakulla River Guided Canoe/Kayak Tour with TNT Canoe Rentals Explore the middle section of the Wakulla River with Certified Green Guide and paddle expert Robert Baker. Observe alligators, Suwannee cooters, wading birds and waterfowl, migrating spring warblers and more. Price includes kayak or canoe and gear, transportation, and guide. Bring drinking water and sun/ bug protection. Meet at T-n-T Hideaway, 6527Coastal Hwy . Call 850/925-6412 for directions. $35 Pre-registration required.

Shepherd Spring & Cathedral of Palms Botanical Hike with renowned FSU botanist Dr. Loran Anderson - Hidden deep in the hardwood forest of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge lays a jewel among freshwater springs. Along the Florida Trail leading to Shepherd Spring, journey through a surreal land of old-growth cabbage palms-- truly nature’s cathedral! Meet at the Inn at Wildwood. Call 850/926-4455 for directions. $10 Pre-registration required

Sounds of the Night - Wakulla River Boat Tour - a UNIQUE opportunity to join FPS Biologist Dana Bryan as you voyage the Wakulla River on a rare night cruise. Give ear to the night's symphony which may include frogs, toads, cicadas, owls, and perhaps even a gator bellow. Shine for bright red gator eyes! Bring bug repellent and a strong flashlight. Meet at Wakulla Springs State Park, waterfront building at the boat docks. $10 Pre-registration required.

“Liquid Gems” —The Sinks of the Wakulla Explore the unique geological wonderland of northern Wakulla county. Follow Cal Jamison, DEP’s Springs Ambassador, on an unforgettable journey to explore the beautiful sinks that are so special to this area. The tour will begin at the River Sink Parking lot and take you across the Wakulla Springs recharge area. Visit what few eyes have ever seen and discover
how these “windows” on the aquifer impact our lives. Meet in the parking lot of the River Sinks Tract just south of the Leon/Wakulla County line at the SE
corner of US Highway 319 and CJ Spears Road (go through open gate 100 feet on dirt road to gravel parking lot). $10 Pre-registration required
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