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Wednesday, May 24, 2006


The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building.

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries - Dr. John Porter - June 6 meeting

John Porter, the executive director of DIBS, will be presenting to
MBCKC on the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries. Below is some basic
info on DIBS. You can find a host of information on the DIBS website-

Dauphin Island, Alabama is one of the top birding spots in the
Southeast. An incredible three hundred and forty five species have
been reported on the island. Spring migration is the first landfall
for many Neotropical birds that make the five hundred mile flight
across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula. Under adverse
weather conditions, large flocks of exhausted birds of many species
may seek shelter on the Island in a truly spectacular "fall-out".

Fall migration, which begins as early as July, can also be a very
rewarding time on the Island for birders. During this time, shore
birds begin to gather on the Island to store up energy for their
long, Neotropical flight. The Island is also ideal for birding in
winter, even in the absence of the fall migrants. Many permanent
species reside on the Island, and a variety of waterfowl, seabirds,
and shore birds fly in during the winter season.

The entire Island is a Bird Sanctuary in which rewarding observations
can be made in any of its public areas including parks, beaches,
dunes, wetlands and quiet streets. The Alabama Ornithological Society
meets yearly on Dauphin Island in both April and October to enjoy the
birding, fine fellowship, and great seafood. Visitors are always
welcome to participate in field trips and other such activities.
Anytime is good birding time on Dauphin Island.

Plan to attend - this should be wonderful

Friday, May 12, 2006


Unfortunately, Saturday's full moon paddle has been cancelled. If anyone else is planning to lead a trip, please let me know and I will post!

Friday, May 05, 2006


May 6: Club May Picnic and Paddle (see May meeting notes below)

May 7: Wooden Boat Show Paddle (wooden boat not required, paddle not associated with show)
Time: 2:00pm
Place: Pirates's Cove
Directions: Take Hwy 98S through Daphne/Fairhope, make a south turn onto CR 95, and go on to the end...

More from Steve Delkers:
Just some comments: Last time I attended their wooden boat show it was rather crowded. Therefore, I suggest we all go to the little Park/beach at the very end of 95. It is just past Pirates Cove [P.C.]. I plan to get there very early and maybe eat lunch at P.C. I think everybody requested 2:00 pm for a start time. That's cool with me.

FROM HWY 98: Just some Hwy notes: Hwy 98 makes a 90 degree left turn from heading South to heading East about five miles below Fairhope. Then it continues to run dead East to the State Line. The turn South onto Hwy 95 is 9.0 miles East of the Hwy 98/Hwy 59 intersection.

The Adventure Route: For the adventuous who like to avoid towns, they can take my route: using Co Road 32 to head East From either 98 just south of Fairhope [see sign for their airport at last traffic light]. Hint-- stop for chicken at Annie's inside the Yellow gas station at Marlow just a bit after crossing Fish River ["No diving from the bridge"] although that was the "Big-Boy Paddle Option" a few years ago.

From I-10: Hwy 32 can also be picked up from Hwy 59 about 5.75 miles south of Robertsdale for anyone coming via I-10. I'm pretty sure there is a caution light or maybe even a stop light at that intersection--but not much else other than the ubiquous gas station [Petrol for those who speak the Queen's English.] If 32 turns into a dirt road you have just missed the turn to Hwy 95. If you soon see an interesting private airfield, you're on the right path [95].

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

May Club Calendar and other notes...(there is a lot here)

We still need paddlers to assist at the Grandman Triathlon, free t-shirt Harriet Ingraham at

  • Julie - 1st Place in 16ft and under with a time of 2h 59m 2s
  • Roland - 1st Place in 17ft and under plastic boats...also first Australian across the line
  • Brint - 3rd Overall with a time of 2h 17m
  • Dick and Marylin - 1st place in mixed/tandem
The consenus was that this was a great race; a lot of fun, and a great beginners race too. If I missed anyone's race results last night, please let me know and I will post!

The wooden boat built by the Organic School will be on display and available by auction at this Friday's Art Walk...make sure you stop by to check it out!

Looking for water hyacinth, goldfish, duck weed, sunfish, frogs, turtles, papyrus, or anything else to put in a pond/pool, etc? Shoot an e-mail to ...everything living/swimming in a 20x30ft pond must go before moving day on May 21st.

still with me? ok...

May Club Calendar

Club May Picnic and Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
Time: 3:00 PM into the evening
Place: Gary & Aven Warner's place on Dog River
Directions: Call Aven and Gary for directions to their house 251.473.1819
Comments: PLEASE RSVP TO AVEN (251)473-1819 to get a headcount and to let her know what you will bring for the potluck dinner, which will start at 6/6:30 PM. Bring your own beverages of choice.

The paddle will start at 3:00 PM and go into a nearby bayou, lasting for 1-2 hours or so, with other options for those who want to paddle a little longer. The paddle will be leisurely and most suitable for beginners with any kind of kayak or canoe.
This will be a great outing to meet your fellow club members and will be well attended, so make plans to come and call Aven and Gary, or you won't know how to get there!!!!

Wooden Boat Show Paddle (make sure to hit the show beforehand)
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Pirates's Cove
Directions: check back soon...

Full Moon Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 13th
Time: TBA
Contact: Bob Andrews (251) 367-4144
Place: TBA

Evening Paddles on a Weeknight
Date: various, TBA

River Cleanup with the West Florida Canoe Club
Date: late-May
Check their website for details as they become available: