Fishing ABCs, nature walks and kayaking free this month through CHEC

Fishing ABCs, nature walks and kayaking free this month through CHEC

To the Editor:

Learn the “ABC’s of Fishing” with Capt. Doug Rhees at 10 a.m. on October 16 at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte. Capt. Doug is a USCG 100-Ton Master Captain who has been fishing Charlotte Harbor for decades, and he will explore the basics of fishing, including bait, location and rules for a safe and legal fishing experience.

This program is presented by Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Bayshore Live Oak Park is a Charlotte County facility.

Also, Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs this month. All programs can be found at ChecFlorida.org.

Unless otherwise noted, all walks begin at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5: Visit the waters of Lemon Bay on a single-person, sit-on-top kayak with a trained naturalist to search for dolphin, wading birds and other marine life. All equipment provided. Participants must be ages 16 or older for the free educational program. Space is limited to 10 participants, so registration is required.

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Visit the waters of Lemon Bay on a single-person, sit-on-top kayak with a trained naturalist to search for dolphin, wading birds, and other marine life. All equipment provided. Participants must be ages 16 or older for the free educational program. Space is limited to 10 participants, so registration is required.

Monday, Oct. 14: Get wild & wet! Join a trained naturalist at Cedar Point Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as seahorse, crabs and juvenile fish. Registration is required.

Monday, Oct. 14: Join Haynes Currie on a guided walk through Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park, a 487-acre Charlotte County property of mature pines, dry prairie, marsh wetlands and freshwater ponds. Its location adjourning state lands makes it an important wildlife corridor. Meet at the parking lot on US 41.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda. Meet at the end of Gasparilla Pines Boulevard.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Join Al Squires on a plant identification walk through the old-growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the Placida Road entrance.

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Join Trudy Norsworthy at 10 a.m. at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte as she discusses “Gifts from the Honeybee.” Trudy will share bee facts & problems, how we can help them survive, and will offer samples of honey from around the world. Reservations are advised.

For information and/registration for these free programs, call (941) 475-0769.

Bobbi Rogers
Resource Manager
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
Cedar Point Environmental Park site