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Saturday, February 25, 2006

****FLASH****SUNDAY PADDLE CANCELLED TO RED MAPLE SLOUGH

Harriet has cancelled the paddle for Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2006 due to anticipated north winds, which will likely result in low water levels, making it difficult to get there.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

****FLASH PADDLE****RED MAPLE SLOUGH

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2006
Time: 2:30 PM
Place: Old Riverdocs on the Causeway
Directions: See below in description for same trip last week
Contact: Harriet and Fritz Ingraham - 680-8928 (Fritz Cell), 928-4568 home
Comments: Starting late in the day because of tides - total paddle about 8 miles -approx 3 hours, give or take a few minutes. Bring a light for your kayak as we may return after dark.

Maple Slough has been badly damaged from recent hurricanes, however on a trip up this past weekend, what remains was not a full bloom - expecting some color on this paddle.

Bring water and a light snack.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Derelict Crab Trap Recovery Program

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM - Noon
Places: Fowl River, Dog River, Chacaloochee Bay Causeway boat launch, Meaher State Park boat launch, Fairhope Yacht Club, Weeks Bay CR 1 boat launch, Wolf Bay
Contacts: Leslie Hartman - Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources - lhartman@gulftel.com 251-861-2882 and Lee Yokel - Mobile Bay National Estuary Program - lyokel@mobilebaynep.com 251-431-6409
Comments: For more information, click on Program, Volunteers, Locations. Bring gloves, boots and clothes that can get dirty. In general, we are asked to not bring kayaks and canoes, but depending on the location, captains in charge and other available motor boats, you might come prepared, if needed.

Harriet adds the following comments:

Between now and March 10, if anyone comes across any derelict crab traps in the bay or lower delta, please make a note of generally where you see them and notify me by email, and please flag them with some ORANGE tape - easily found at a hardware store. You could carry a role with you on your paddles. Please tie the tape very securely and make sure enough is attached to be seen (we don't want the tape breaking away and further littering our bay). If you don't have any tape, please let me know where you saw them.

The bay is full of debris, and I noticed at least a half dozen crab traps in Big Bateau Bay this past weekend - they are a hazard to boaters of all kinds, and ugly in our beautiful area. So, with that in mind, I assume there are many more in Justins Bay, Chacaloochee Bay, the entire area. I am comprising a general list of where we see them and forwarding on to Mobile Bay NEP, so they can send boats to retrieve them.

And remember, March 11 is the Derelict Crab Trap Removal program - as kayakers and canoers, our help is requested especially before the date, performing the above mentioned tasks. Mobile Bay NEP discourages kayaks and canoes during the actual event, as we cannot retrieve the traps. However, they request our help during the day - many volunteer jobs will be available - just check the website:
http://www.mobilebaynep.com/Crab%20Stuff/Crab_Trap/Crab%20Trap%20Program.htm

Harriet Ingraham
hvk1457@aol.com

Saturday, February 18, 2006

*****FLASH PADDLE*****RED MAPLE SLOUGH

The Red Maple Slough paddle posted below was postponed today due to weather. We will try again tomorrow, on Sunday, February 19 and meet same place at 1:00 PM.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

*****FLASH PADDLE*****Red Maple Slough

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2006
Time: 12:30 PM
Place: Old Riverdocs parking lot on the Causeway, Spanish Fort, AL
Directions: Located on the north side of the Causeway about 100 meters west of Ed's Seafood Shed
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: The maples are bursting red, the water level will be up and the slough should be right for a paddle this Saturday. This will be about a 6-8 mile paddle, so not short, but not difficult. Bring the usual necessities to enjoy a nice afternoon in the lower delta.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

February Club Calendar

Full Moon Paddle - Cancelled due to weather
Date: Friday or Saturday February 10 or 11
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144

INGRAMS BAYOU
Date: Friday, February 17, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Meet at Exxon station at Hwy 98 & CR95 east of Elberta, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Paddle pristine waterway with abundant flora and fauna, (soon to be developed?), so see it now in its unaltered state. We'll be looking for mother/baby dolphins, as well as wintering snowbirds of the avian variety. We should be off the water around 1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Bring binoculars, cameras, paddle, life preserver, car keys, brown bag lunch, well rested body and your brightest smile. If you are one of the fortunate folks who have a fleet of boats to choose from, you may want to select a kayak in case of wind.


Ian Brosnan gave a very interesting slide presentation of the US Coast Guard's mission, work and sites he has seen from Alaska to Hawaii to Midway to Mobile to Antarctica and many other points in between. There were great shots of rare and exotic birds, beautiful beaches, icebergs and coastal mountains. Great show, Ian!