APALACHICOLA - The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer its course on Barrier Islands on Tuesday October 28, 2014, 8:45am-4:30pm. This course is part of the popular Panhandle Habitat Series that teaches area leaders and residents about the ecology of the Reserve. Attendees will explore various island habitats, learn about common plants and animals found on barrier islands, see how waves, currents, hurricanes, human impacts effect islands, and learn about dune formation and island erosion. Dr. Christopher Williams with the Florida Geological Survey will lead the geology segment of the course and Plant Taxonomist Dr. Loren Anderson, Professor Emeritus at FSU, will lead the ecological field study in the afternoon at the St. George Island State Park where participants will explore the beach, the intertidal benthic habitats, and examine interesting species found on the island.
These professional level classes are intended for coastal decision makers such as elected officials, permitting staff, eco-tour operators, consultants, ecologists, park rangers, planners, developers, volunteer organizations and concerned citizens. All classes will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) beginning at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint, Florida, 32328. Registration is required. You MUST register no later than five days before the class. Register ASAP as space is very limited. Cost: $15.00 per person per class payable to Friends of the Reserve, mail to: 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328.