Dead Lakes Eco-Educational Outing

  “What were some trips highlights for you?” Here are a few excerpts from paddlers that joined us on Dead Lakes for our Fourth Saturday Paddle, April 28, 2018. Thank you trip leader, Matthew Godwin (Off the Map Expeditions) and safety sweep, Cameron Lewis. Paddling with this colorful group of kayakers and canoeists through the West Arm …

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Wow, what a party!

By Georgia Ackerman A crowd of 100+ members and supporters of Apalachicola Riverkeeper packed the Robert Lindsley Gallery on April 7, for our Annual Meeting paired with a send-off dinner party for retiring Riverkeeper, Dan Tonsmeire. Harley Means, Assistant State Geologist at the Florida Geological Survey, was our guest educational speaker. He presented a stellar …

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Garden of Eden Hike

By Doug Alderson With long strands of wiregrass tickling our legs as we hiked through uplands towards Alum Bluff, 19 people enjoyed a Saturday excursion on the Nature Conservancy’s Garden of Eden Trail near Bristol February 17. We learned about the Conservancy’s noble efforts to restore the upland longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem on their lands before …

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Apalachicola Riverkeeper encouraged by SCOTUS case

On January 8, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the on-going water dispute between Florida and Georgia related to the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire and board member Joyce Estes attended the hearing, waiting outside in line well before sunrise. Both were encouraged by the justices line of questioning and the …

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From the Board of Directors – Please join us in welcoming new staff members Georgia Ackerman and Diane Hines

Apalachicola Riverkeeper recently hired Georgia Ackerman to succeed Riverkeeper, Dan Tonsmeire, who is retiring in early 2018.  She will work as our Riverkeeper-Executive Director.  Dan and Georgia will be working together over the next few months to ensure a seamless transition. Georgia has been involved with Apalachicola Riverkeeper for over a decade as a business …

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#GivingTuesday, Reflections on RiverTrek 2017

by Mary Balthrop Although ultimately everything about RiverTrek was inspiring to me, ahead of time this wasn’t the case. I was intimidated about fundraising.  But then to my surprise, friends and family were so enthusiastic and supportive about my effort on behalf of the Riverkeeper that they often expressed gratitude at being given the opportunity …

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Conservation eco-trip volunteers lead the way

By Georgia Ackerman Apalachicola Riverkeeper volunteers who lead river and hiking trips know that connecting people to their natural habitat is crucial in achieving long-term conservation goals. They also know leading nature-based trips is terrific fun!  Our staff and volunteers agree that the best way to learn about a place is firsthand experience. Volunteers lead …

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Blue Crab Research in Apalachicola Bay by Dan Tonsmeire

Dr. Andy Gannon, of Birmingham-Southern College, is conducting a research project in the Apalachicola Bay to study how changing salinity patterns in the Apalachicola Estuary are affecting Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) populations, including their migration patterns, recruitment, parasite load, survival and reproduction. Apalachicola Riverkeeper is providing some initial coordination and episodic boat support. This study …

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