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October 2021

Apalachicola Bay and Estuary Workshop

October 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital our economy and way of life? Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve this Fall as we explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The class cost is free to attend…

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Bay Friendly Landscaping

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in this workshop will learn about resources to help them transform their inefficient yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature information on innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales. Come find out how to be good to the bay and reduce your water bills! Please register for the class in advance by following this link. For…

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Reserve Wednesday: Monarch Butterflies

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

Migrating Monarch butterflies have found their way to Franklin County once again, and they’ll be passing through for the next couple months. They can be seen feeding on the nectar of milkweed and other favored flowering plants, or roosting in trees overnight during the cold snaps. Scott Davis will be giving another Monarch butterfly presentation in our ‘Reserve Wednesday’ series this Wednesday at 2PM at the Apalachicola NERR Nature Center.

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Apalachicola River and Floodplain

October 22 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay.” Freshwater from the river mixes with salty gulf creating Apalachicola Bay, one of the most pristine and productive estuaries in the country. The river has always played an important role in Apalachicola’s history and it is vital to our lives today. It is also a significant resource for the state of Florida, and its freshwater flow is critical to the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. Participants…

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Sci-Cafe: Burning Butterfly Questions – The Elfin in the Room with Robert Meyer

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
GoToWebinar, online
Free

Robert Meyer, a biologist with Tall Timbers will join us to discuss his ongoing research into the relationship between fire and the frosted elfin butterfly. The frosted elfin butterfly (Callophrys iris) is in decline across its range. Luckily, we have the best known population in our own backyard (the Apalachicola National Forest). This presentation will cover some of the novel efforts taken to understand the ecology of the frosted elfin. It will also look into how fire affects that ecology…

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November 2021

Oyster Ecology 101

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

This class will teach you all about the role that oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, participants will get the chance look at its these creatures under a microscope. This class is full of opportunities to learn more about the animals that live in our bay and…

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Apalachicola Bay and Estuary Workshop

November 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital our economy and way of life? Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve this Fall as we explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The class cost is free to attend…

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Reserve Wednesday: Wade Fishing Locally, Where and How?

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

Jeff Dutrow, from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, will give a presentation about great spots to fish from the shoreline around the Apalachicola Bay.

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Sci-Café: Status Update on 2017 Oyster Reef Restoration

November 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Apalachicola Aquatic Preserve Manager will discuss the results of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (GCERC) Apalachicola Bay Oyster Reef Restoration Project. Approximately 95,500 cubic yards of a lime rock aggregate were placed on an estimated 317 acres of debilitated oyster reefs in the Apalachicola Bay during October 2017. The Aquatic Preserve staff has been monitoring the progress of these restoration efforts and will present their monitoring data. The methods and data from this project have been extremely useful…

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December 2021

Apalachicola River and Floodplain

December 3 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Dr.
Eastpoint,FL32328United States
Free

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay.” Freshwater from the river mixes with salty gulf creating Apalachicola Bay, one of the most pristine and productive estuaries in the country. The river has always played an important role in Apalachicola’s history and it is vital to our lives today. It is also a significant resource for the state of Florida, and its freshwater flow is critical to the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. Participants…

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