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East End Marine Park Tours Planned

Dec. 28, 2007 – The St. Croix East End Marine Parks' Interpretive Program for January has been planned, according to a press release from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. The tours of various natural history and cultural aspects of the park and adjacent land will be led by Park Ranger John Farchette III. The public is invited to reserve a place in the free two-hour tours by calling 773-3367, and asking for Park Tours.
The schedule is as follows:
Jan. 8. Great Pond Bay. See the interaction between the coast and mangrove lagoon. Explore the various inter-tidal marine organisms in their natural setting. Meet at Estate Great Pond at 9 a.m. Parking is available.
Jan. 16. Robins Bay. Explore the geophysical attributes of a land-locked wetland. Discover a seldom-visited pre-Columbian site. Meet at Estate Great Pond at 9 a.m.
Jan. 23. Jack Bay. Examine a pristine beach and undeveloped watershed within a managed nature preserve owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. Meet at Estate Great Pond at 9 a.m.
Jan. 30. St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) Coastal Reserve. Observe one of St. Croix's most important bird sanctuaries and view migrating birds wintering on St. Croix. View turtle nesting beaches and learn about efforts to protect nesting hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Meet at SEA Coastal Reserve at 9 a.m.
For more information about STXEEMP, visit: www.stxeastendmarinepark.org

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