Free Guided Boat Tour in Honor of National Estuaries Day

Gulf of Mexico News

MISSISSIPPI - September 2011 - In honor of National Estuaries Day 2011, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer a free community event on Saturday, September 24, designed to highlight the essential estuarine habitats found within the reserve.

National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration of the vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. National Estuaries Day always falls on the last Saturday in September.

For the event, participants will first gather at the Coastal Resources Center at the Reserve and learn why estuaries are so important to everyone — not just to those who live in coastal areas. After a brief presentation and a tour of the interpretive center, participants will be treated to a free guided boat tour of the waters of the Reserve including Bayou Heron, Grand Bay, Middle Bay, Crooked Bayou, Bangs Lake, etc. (weather permitting).

Captain Benny McCoy, a regional naturalist, and Jennifer Buchanan, the Reserve’s Education Coordinator, will treat you to an enjoyable morning on the water. You will be able to observe a wide variety of wildlife and coastal habitats, so make sure to bring your binoculars and field guides.

Sign up now to have a grand day in Grand Bay! Space is limited on this adventure, so PREREGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Families are welcome, but those of you who have small children should bring your own lifejackets. We look forward to seeing you here on National Estuaries Day.

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