Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
In the video above, we spent a day hitting Apalachicola River WEA Paddling Trail System and Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites. Luckily for me, I had Liz Sparks and Andy Wraithmell to show me the cool spots and tell me what animals I was looking at. With spring approaching, birds will be migrating back through the area, and the warmer weather makes for better paddling, greener trees with flowers blooming, and more appearances by other critters like alligators and turtles. In other words, it’s time to start planning your own adventures.
If you’re planning an adventure in the Apalachicola Wildlife and Environmental Area, or any other Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission managed land, you can of course visit their website to download or request paper copies of a wealth of materials- maps, bird lists, and various informative guides. The maps and guides have important safety information (what do you do if you see a bear?) as well as some suggested day trips.
Whether you’re as clueless as I am or an old pro like the people who guide our EcoAdventures, you should always plan your trip (especially if you’re heading into one of the question marks). The map you saw in the video above is available as a pdf download at the link a couple of sentences up, or you can call 850-488-5520 to request a free hard copy. It’s printed on waterproof paper and has a map of the general area as well as maps of individual trips you can take and a ton of information.
Staying with that theme of planning your adventures, our next EcoAdventure (Wednesday, February 29 at 7:30 PM on WFSU-TV) will look at preparing for kayak camping. What do you bring? How should you pack your kayak? What will you EAT? Georgia Ackerman and Rick Zelznak of the Wilderness Way have some answers for you. Also within the next couple of weeks, we’ll look at an app that aims to help you recognize what birds you’re looking at if you happen to be out there without an Andy Wraithmell or George Weymouth.