One Beautiful Morning

April 28, 2015

General, News

On March 19, 2015, thirty Lemon Bay Conservancy members and guests boarded the Lemon Bay Tours pontoon boat for a wonderful morning on the bay.  While traveling south in Lemon Bay, the participants heard about local history.

As the boat passed by Peterson and Whidden Islands, volunteer guide Dr. Bill Dunson, described how Lemon Bay Conservancy started in 1974 by purchasing those two islands to protect them from development.  (LBC still owns those islands today.)

Dophin in Stump Pass

Dophin in Stump Pass

When the trip reached Stump Pass, a pod of dolphins put on a show, cavorting near the boat while everyone snapped pictures.

Participants head for the beach walk

Participants head for the beach walk

Capt. Bruce LaMotte anchored the boat on the shore of Palm Island and the group enjoyed a beach walk as Bill, a retired Penn State biology professor, described shells, plants, and other items of interest along the shoreline.

Dr. Bill Dunson discussed beach ecology

Dr. Bill Dunson discussed beach ecology

On the return trip north along the Intracoastal Waterway, Capt. Bruce pointed out an active eagle’s nest in Cedar Point Park and board member Eva Furner informed the passengers that Lemon Bay Conservancy has a long history with Cedar Point.   The Conservancy funded the initial studies of plant and animal species in the park and purchased several lots that are surrounded by the park in order to maintain them in their natural state.

It was a beautiful morning!  As they left the boat, several passengers commented that they would look forward to future trips!

Lemon Bay Conservancy

About Lemon Bay Conservancy

Founded in 1971, Lemon Bay Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust based in Englewood, Florida. Our long-range vision is: "To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands, and vital fish and wildlife habitat, through property preservation, environmental education and advocacy for sustainable land and water conservation policies and practices." To support that long-range vision, we focus our mission in three areas: Saving Land; Environmental education; and Advocacy for sustainable environmental policies.

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