Celebrate Amelia’s Bioregion
There is an exciting three day Nature Festival, Wild Amelia, that celebrates the bioregion around Amelia Island and it is happening May 21st through the 23rd, 2010. This family event includes several nature tours led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, nature photography workshops taught by local professionals, a green business expo, The “Kids Niche” nature-based activities for children, live music, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo, stargazing and more!
Wild Amelia Nature Tours “will get you face to face with the ‘wild’ side of the local area. By definition Ecotourism is ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. It is all about connecting conservation, communities and sustainable travel. Wild Amelia nature tours will educate participants about the local environment and the critters that live there.”
Check the website activities, times, registration forms and an overview of the entire festival schedule. You will also find a pre-festival photography class and Wild Nites seminars.
This is the 4th year for the Wild Amelia Nature Festival. Last year the Nature Photography contest and classes were a big hit and those programs will be expanded this year. The winning photos included birds, flowers and landscapes.
Each year Wild Amelia chooses a different local critter to highlight. The first year was the Painted Bunting, 2008, was the Gopher Tortoise, and in 2009 we highlighted Northern Right Whales. This year we had WANF supporters vote for their favorite critter and it was close but the Egret won by a nose…or a beak! (The Green Anole was second.) The Year of the Egret – The story of the egret is a real preservation success story, brought back from the brink of extinction.