Wild Amelia Nature Festival

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The Wild Amelia Nature Festival is being held May 15-17, 2009, on and around Amelia Island. Our small barrier island is nestled among some of the most pristine and historic preserves in Florida. The northern tip of the island is Ft. Clinch State Park, our southern border is Amelia State Park and within the island we have the Egans Creek Greenway. Cumberland Island is just to our North in Georgia and Big Talbot, Little Talbot, Ft. George and the Timucuan Preserve are all just south of Amelia Island. So we are indeed the perfect setting for the Wild Amelia Nature Festival.

There are so many scheduled events designed to encourage you to get outside and discover what Mother Nature has to offer right here at home. Try a Segway tour of Fort George or take a kayak trip aboard the 1901 OA Bloxom of Private Island Excursions into Cumberland Sound. Take a walk through the Egans Creek Greenway or go bird watching on your bicycle.

Each year, Wild Amelia chooses a special critter to feature. This year they have chosen the Right Whale. The Northern Right Whale comes to the waters off of Amelia Island each year to give birth. These slow moving creatures are indeed endangered with only about 350 left, so it is important we learn how to protect them.

On Saturday, bring the kids to the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center where they can meet Park Ranger Michelle in the Kids Niche. They can learn to make an ocean, a bird house or even make their own paper. For the more adventurous youngsters there is a touch tank with hermit crabs, shrimp and horseshoe crabs sponsored by Talbot Islands State Park.

The Keynote Presentation, “Photographic View of Northeast Florida’s Natural Habitats”, is by Will Dickey who has a passion for the beauty of the Northeast Florida landscape which is displayed by his incredible images of the area. Nature photography is a highlight of the Festival with seminars held throughout the day on Saturday. Check out the Wild Amelia Nature Festival Web site for more information.

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