We have a number of exciting events coming in throughout Delnor Wiggins State Park on Vanderbilt Beach in September. These are exciting events that are held in the morning and are free to people of all ages with your park admission.
On Thursday the 4th we will be highlighting gopher tortoises. These are big keystone species that are protective of environments. You will learn about how valuable they are to our environment in this session.
We'll talk about shorebirds on Saturday the 6th. It's all a part of World Shorebird Day. Shorebirds can be found on many beach spots; this session will teach you how to identify different shorebirds. You can bring a bird guide and binoculars with if desired.
Next, on Thursday the 11th we will cover sea turtles. Sea turtles are amazing and the loggerhead is truly amazing. You will learn about their nesting processes and how their bodies are built. You will be amazed at the skulls and carapaces that we have to display.
If you love spiders then you will enjoy our presentation on Thursday the 18th. We'll be presenting spiders of all sorts including many of the nearly 900 different species that you can find here in the Sunshine State. Don't be afraid to bring someone who might be wary of spiders as that person will learn that spiders really are important to our ecosystem and aren't going to be threats in any home.
Our last event of the month will be on Thursday the 25th when we head out to a barrier island to learn about maritime hammock plants and how they function in today's ecosystems. This activity will bring you up close to the many amazing features of barrier islands and how they are designed. Be sure to bring a water bottle, easy to wear clothes and plenty of sunscreen for this experience.
All activities start at 9:30 AM except on September 6; the shoreboard presentation will start at 9 AM.