Annual Bay Day promotes preserves

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

New this Bay Day is a Kayak Adventure lead by Kim Wren, former Aquatic Preserve Manager and now Stewardship Manager at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint. There are a limited number of spaces available so come out on Oct. 5 and sign up for the adventure. Happy Ours Kayak and Kike Outpost is sponsoring the Kayak Adventures.

Ten years after its creation the Friends group remains a vibrant and active group working with the preserve staff to keep St. Joseph Bay, one of Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves, pristine while assisting with work on the uplands when called.

“If you are not familiar with the Buffer Preserve or the Aquatic Preserve stop in for a visit at the Preserve Welcome Center and learn how the Buffer Preserve helps to protect the bay through a natural filtration of the water as it descends to the bay via the watershed,” said Sandra Chafin, on staff at the Buffer Preserves. “St. Joseph Bay is one of the most pristine bays on the Gulf of Mexico and the goal is to keep it that way.”

The Preserves Center is also a mecca for scientists and researchers.

Since January there have been almost 20 groups of students and professors staying at the Preserve. They have come from South Dakota, Wayne State College in Nebraska, Creighton University in Omaha and colleges from Missouri, Illinois to those close to home such as Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.

“A student from Puerto Rico and one from Nova Scotia have called the Buffer Preserve home in 2013,” Chafin noted.

The Friends group, a non-profit supporting the missions of the Preserves, has exploded since its creation.

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