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Friends of Tigertail Ready for Day of Discovery

Friends of Tigertail Ready for Day of Discovery

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Birders from all around participated in FOT’s January ‘Breakfast and Birds’ event.

Birders from all around participated in FOT’s January ‘Breakfast and Birds’ event. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

On the heels of its success with “Breakfast and Birds,” Friends of Tigertail is gearing up for its next big event. “Discover Tigertail” is set for Saturday, March 1, from 10 AM-12 PM at Tigertail Beach.

This will be FOT’s second event of 2014. The first — “Breakfast and Birds: Identify Our Winter Residents” — was held the morning of Jan. 11, and celebrated Tigertail Beach’s feathered friends. An impressive crowd of 62 attendees enjoyed their “bring-your-own breakfast” and coffee as Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley gave brief presentations at the Tigertail pavilion on the characteristics and feeding habits of the shorebirds and wading birds that inhabit the Tigertail lagoon during the winter months.

Kubat and Huxley then led the group along the lagoon edge in hopes of implementing their newly learned bird identification skills. With binoculars in hand, the group enjoyed delightful weather, and Mother Nature provided ample birds to observe. According to Kubat, the total count of positive bird identification came to more than 18 — a great showing for one of the stops along the Great Florida Birding Trail.

‘Discover Tigertail’ will feature eight stations for interactive learning.

‘Discover Tigertail’ will feature eight stations for interactive learning.

With a theme of discovery, “Discover Tigertail” is an interactive family event that focuses on the beach, lagoon and the creatures who call it home: loggerhead sea turtles, birds, manatees, plants, butterflies, shells, and more. Visitors can learn about the delicate ecosystem and environment of Tigertail at eight information stations, which will provide hands-on activities, and specialists from Rookery Bay, Collier County Park Service and the Marco Island Shell Club will be available as well. This year will feature a new scavenger hunt dubbed “Question Quest.” Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Parking is free with a Collier County Beach Parking Sticker.

Friends of Tigertail is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the stewardship of the unique, rich natural area that comprises Tigertail Beach and Sand Dollar Spit, and to educating the public about these places. Those interested in joining the organization should contact Membership Chair Joe Parisi at 781-864-2392. FOT is currently running a “Special Membership” offer.

For more information, please visit the website: www.friendsoftigertail.com.


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