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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Great FMNP Field Trip to Tigertail Beach!!

Today my Florida Master Naturalist students and I had our second field trip of the course. We explored Tigertail Lagoon on Marco Island. I know I've said this many times before in other posts, but it is such a wonderful place to visit. The class got a first hand look at the biodiversity associated with seagrass communities. Besides some bird watching we also pulled a seine net to check out some fish species. I thought I'd let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!!
The group checks out a reddish egret as it feed along the flats.

One of many small horseshoe crabs found on the flats today.

Bird watching! We saw a juvenile bald eagle, osprey, ruddy turnstone, great egret, snowy egret, white ibis, brown pelican, cattle egret, tri-colored heron, little blue heron, cormorant, reddish egret, and prairie warbler.

A nice stand of shoal grass (Halodule wrightii)

We had a very low tide, and several patches of shoal grass were completely exposed.

A "subtle" reminder of the critical wildlife area found within Tigertail Lagoon.

We found many spider crabs among the seagrass today.

More exposed shoal grass

The tracks left behind by horseshoe crabs.

Seine netting the lagoon.

Participants try to key out some of the fish we caught in the seine net.

The class really got into trying to identify the fish specimens themselves.

A juvenile Gulf flounder caught in our seine net. Notice the 3 oscillated spots on its dorsal side, which helps identify it.

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