Subtropical Workshop

Gustav W. Verderber acmaea at
Mon Jan 3 07:22:15 EST 2000

Please consider posting the following workshop opportunity to your members, facutly, students, staff, and alumni.  Copies may be made for distribution and display on bulletin boards.

There is still space available in the Subtropical Ecology of the Florida Keys Workshop. Below is a detailed itinerary.  You may also visit my web site or contact Gustav W. Verderber (URL & email below) for more information. 

Dates: March 5-11, 2000  Length: 6 days/5 nights  Cost: $459.00 per person

Host/Workshop Coordinator: Gustav W. Verderber in association with the Pigeon Key Foundation

Abstract: This natural history workshop will explore the coastal and shallow submarine ecosystems of the Florida Keys.  We will be based at the Pigeon Key marine education facility on the tropical paradise of Pigeon Key.  Barrier reef, mangrove, and terrestrial communities will be included as well as a snorkel trip to the outer reef.  This workshop is an ideal introduction to tropical ecosystems and marine biology. Additionally, I will be spending two days (March 2 & 3) at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge photographing wading birds prior to the workshop.  Any workshop participants who may also be interested in wildlife photography are welcome to join me in the field at Ding Darling. (While there is no additional charge, you will have to make your own arrangements.) 

Day One (Sunday, March 5, 2000)

Arrive in late afternoon.  Island orientation, history walk.  Unpack in dorms.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Evening program on the history of  Pigeon Key/slide program and private tour of the museum.

Day Two  (Monday, March 6, 2000)

Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  At 9:00 a.m., introduction to Florida Keys.  Also, intro to nearshore marine communities.  Then get snorkel gear, train, and go snorkeling in the nearshore waters around Pigeon Key. Lunch at 12:30 p.m.  Afternoon program explores junction where land meets sea - rocky intertidal and tide pools, mangroves, and beaches.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Evening program on reefs and reef fish identification.  

Day Three (Tuesday, March 7, 2000)

Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  Snorkel boat takes you out to Sombrero Reef (about 4 miles offshore).  Snorkel with instructors, back to Pigeon Key by noon.  Lunch at 12:30 p.m.  Afternoon program is kayaking in mangroves at Boot Key.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Evening program on astronomy.

Day Four (Wendesday, March 8, 2000)

Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  Uplands of the Keys - tropical hardwood hammock.  Take a field trip to Crain Point Hammock; visit the Natural History Museum in Marathon.  Lunch at 12:30 p.m.   Afternoon road trip to beach habitat at Bahia Honda and then explore freshwater wetland communities on Big Pine Key.  Look for Key Deer.  Also, visit solar house, and discuss sustainable living in the Keys with Jeannett Gato.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Evening program to be determined.

Day Five (Thursday, March 9, 2000)

Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  Professional field techniques in nature photography and underwater photo session.  Lunch at 12:30 p.m.  Afternoon excursion to Key West.  Dinner in Key West not included.

Day Six (Friday, March 10, 2000)

Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  Final snorkel around Pigeon Key then pack and leave for home after lunch at 12:30 a.m.

With gratitude and respect,
Gustav W. Verderber
Environmental Interpretation
Education * Nature Travel  * Writing * Photography * Gallery
See "FRAMING NATURE" in the summer/fall, 1999 issue of VERMONT MAGAZINE
1999-2000 Workshops: Acadia National Park/Galapagos Islands/Florida Keys
Email: G.Verderber at
P.O. Box 153, Lowell, VT  05847
Toll Free: (877) 560-0623
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