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Free Bay Wise Kayak Tours throughout Sarasota Bay

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) has scheduled 10 free guided kayak excursions on Sarasota Bay from December through April. All of the SBEP kayak excursions require online registration at sarasotabay.org.

The SBEP Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program is a fun learning opportunity to discover the plants, animals, habitats, and restoration projects that distinguish Sarasota Bay. Brad Tanner, a professional guide and the School Programs Coordinator for Mote Marine Laboratory, is the kayak tour leader. Brad is also a member of the SBEP Citizens Advisory Committee.

The next trips are planned for Leffis and Jewfish Key (1/18), Lido Mangrove Tunnels (2/1 and 2/15), Blind Pass (3/1 and 3/15), and Lyons and Blackburn Bay (4/12 and 4/19). Additional information and online registration is available at sarasotabay.org. Participants are required to bring their own kayak and gear. Outfitters throughout the region rent kayaks and offer demonstrations and beginner classes. The Bay Wise Kayak Tour Program is for experienced kayakers.

The late Jack Taylor, a respected marine biologist and former member of the SBEP Citizens Advisory Committee, launched the kayak tour program in 2007 as part of a SBEP Bay Partners Grant. Jack earned a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Florida. He was active with many conservation groups throughout the region and some of his poetry is also posted on the SBEP website at sarasotabay.org.
Gene Rossano January 14, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Simply wonderful guy, and personal friend, "the late Jack Taylor, (was) a respected marine biologist and former member of the SBEP Citizens Advisory Committee". Jack was a real honest down to earth type of guy. My last outing with Jack was a night launch into the Gulf of Mexico from Turtle Beach Park with a few other friends in about a 4 foot surf. We paddled around a while and returned to shore. Great memories!


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