Many questions about Tigertail Beach were answered at the annual “Discover Tigertail” event hosted by Friends of Tigertail. Various experts manned 12 separate stations discussing topics such as shells, turtles, gopher tortoises, butterflies, birds, water creatures, plants, and wildlife rehabilitation. Colleen Gill, the Collier County Water Keeper, answered queries about the state of the Gulf and canals regarding algae outbreaks, and Mike Sipos from Sea Grant reviewed the benefits of catch and release to our fishery. One of the most popular stations for older children was the Conservancy Booth on the beach where participants had the chance to use seine nets to see what lives in the lagoon water. Younger children enjoyed decorating beach pails and gathering souvenirs at the booths as they completed a scavenger hunt. Adults completed a “question quest,” receiving a prize after visiting all of the stations. The Friends group is indebted to the many volunteers who helped to make this event such a success.
Tigertail Beach contains a wealth of wildlife, and the 213 participants in the Discover event are now much more knowledgeable about the treasures of the area.
The Friends of Tigertail group is committed to preserving and protecting the beach, as well as educating the public about this valuable natural resource. Their next event is a beach clean-up on April 18. For more information visit their website at www.FriendsofTigertail.com or their Facebook page at Facebook.com/Friendsof TigertailBeach.