Springing into Spring – Owl and Devon Creeks

By Cameron Baxley Sixteen paddlers took to Owl Creek on our recent eco-outing. One group launched early en route to Devon Creek.  The students from the FAMU Outdoor Club, (Adrian, Edna, Kahlil, Norman, Star and Troy) familiarized themselves with their kayaks while hearing an Apalachicola River overview from Riverkeeper, Georgia Ackerman. The students loaded up …

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Welcome aboard new Director of Outreach & Advocacy

Join us in welcoming Cameron Baxley, Director of Outreach and Advocacy, to the Apalachicola Riverkeeper team.  Cameron has been an active volunteer with Apalachicola Riverkeeper for several years. We’re delighted to have her on staff. She jumped right in, co-leading our recent Owl Creek Eco-educational Outing. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Cameron grew up …

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A Bit of Eden in our Backyard

Posted on March 14, 2022 by Riverkeeper By Doug Alderson, Director of Outreach & Advocacy When someone puts “Garden of Eden” in a name, that’s a lot to live up to. It conjures up images of an earthly paradise of beauty and innocence. On a cool March afternoon, seven intrepid hikers donned more than fig leaves for …

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Joyous, Memorable Member Meeting

March 11, 2022 Dear Members, It felt like a class reunion today! While online gatherings via Zoom get the job done, nothing beats the real thing. It was so good to see you in Eastpoint for our annual member meeting and dinner!  Here’s a photo gallery of our member meeting and dinner. We all seemed …

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Chattahoochee Trash Bashing and Wildflower Appreciation

By Doug Alderson, Director of Outreach and Advocacy A hardy group of six trash bashers descended upon River Landing Park in Chattahoochee on Saturday, February 12th. Many thanks to David Hilton, Helena Safron, Fountain Hutchison, Karen Lehnert and her daughter, Sophie Long for coming out. The river was high and we were just able to …

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Honoring Black History Month

By Georgia Ackerman In honoring Black History Month, here are a few of the items we’ve been reading and listening to at Apalachicola Riverkeeper recently. Do you have some items or ideas to share related to our on-going justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work? Please share them with us. Your input is valued. At the …

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Support the Safe Waterways Act

SSWA SB 604 will be heard Monday, February 7 before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Support the bill with an email HERE. Residents and tourists come to Florida’s iconic waters for recreation and enjoyment. Unfortunately, 9,000 miles of rivers and streams and nearly 1 million acres of coastal estuaries are known (by Florida Department …

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Look out for the true snowbirds

By Doug Alderson, Director of Outreach & Advocacy The true snowbirds have arrived—migratory birds! Recently, along the St. George Island public beach near the lighthouse, several snowbirds were seen. They included the western willet, a long-legged bird with a long straight bill. Western willets are winter visitors who feed in the swash zone for mole …

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A Chilly but Fun Chipola Watershed Cleanup

By Doug Alderson, Apalachicola Riverkeeper Director of Outreach & Advocacy Eight people braved cold temperatures on Saturday, January 22nd, to clean up three launch areas in the Chipola watershed in Jackson County: Magnolia Bridge, Spring Creek launch, and Yancey Bridge. The Spring Creek launch area was the most challenging with a significant amount of trash …

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