Annual Bay Day promotes preserves

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM.

“I’ve been doing this for years,” Knothe said. “The kids, the adults like it. They are amazed how far you have to go to reach the end of the solar system.

“I teach them some science along the way. I teach them you can’t just zip around the solar system like Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise.”

Knothe also provides lessons into the night sky, noting bright stars, talking about the mammoth size of large stars and how they are created. He also explains, using his solar system model, just how far from us those stars really are.

“We look at everything in the night sky,” Knothe said. “I am just trying to bring them a little science. It is a lot of fun.”

Knothe’s “walk” leads into Saturday and the full-blown start of Bay Day.

On Saturday, there will be several birding trips led by experienced birding guides Ron Houser, Bay County Audubon Society, and Matthew Anderson, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, an education and training specialist with a background in avian research. Birders from beginner to expert will find these tours valuable and enjoyable.

It's the "Real Deal" with Kim Wren, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Stewardship Coordinator, as you join her on a moderate, one-mile round trip hike through the Deal Tract to explore its history and ecological importance.

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