A strawberry moon rises over Lake Seminole on June 20. A strawberry moon is the full moon that occurs during the month of June. This year, the strawberry moon coincided with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, which hasn’t happened since 1967 and won’t occur again until 2062. The Algonquin tribes of indigenous Americans called it a strawberry moon because it happened around the time to pick strawberries.
DUNEDIN - The next Boating Skills & Seamanship will be taught in five two-hour sessions scheduled for July 18, 20, 23, 25 and 27. Class times are 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. 2nd floor.
Register by July 11 to receive course materials prior to the class.
Designed for both experienced and novice boaters, the course will cover topics including boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, legal requirements, weather, lines and knots, radio communications and more.
Getting back on track after Tropical Storm Colin has been a slow process. A persistent onshore wind flow has brought daily rains and has kept the beach waters churned up. With another weather system expected to arrive this weekend, it going to be a while before we’re back on the beach chasing tarpon and snook.
Backwater tarpon fishing can be an excellent option under these conditions, as long as the winds are light enough for you to spot rolling fish. Tampa Bay offers all the ingredients to attract schools of tarpon. All of the bridges will hold plenty of bait, especially at night, attracting hungry tarpon.
ST. PETE BEACH - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-8 offers a 12-week repeating cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings on Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way.
Participants may start at any point in the cycle. Those new to the program should arrive at 6:30 p.m. for their first session to register.
Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics. The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship 14th Edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program. Cost is $45 a person for 12 weeks or $60 for couples sharing the materials.
TARPON SPRINGS - Enrollment is now open for children to participate in the 2016 Sensing Nature summer camps at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs.
Children ages 7 to 12 can enroll in Brooker Creek Preserve’s 2016 summer camps. Pinellas County’s natural surroundings will provide children with outdoor opportunities for learning and fun this summer.
The exciting summer programs will be taught by biologists and master naturalists from University of Florida as a way for students to gain valuable knowledge about nature and broaden their life experiences in a fun environment. Parents can enroll interested children in the following camps:
TIERRA VERDE - By 2100, seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in Tampa Bay are expected to remove 74 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - an amount equivalent to removing 160,000 cars off the road every year until 2100, according to a new study released recently.
The study, led by Restore America’s Estuaries in partnership with several leading conservation agencies and organizations including Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Tampa Bay Watch, reinforces the importance of restoring coastal habitats in Tampa Bay and around the nation to buffer the effects of rising seas and a changing climate.
Tampa Bay is a unique ecosystem as it is one of the few places in the United States to have three critical coastal habitats - mangroves, salt marsh and seagrasses. These vegetative habitats are very effective at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil for decades or even centuries, so much so that scientists have given this service its own name - “blue carbon.”
With our water temperature approaching the mid-80s, mid-day fishing especially on the shallow grass flats, can get pretty tough.
As we approach mid-summer conditions, it is imperative to search out those areas that provide good tidal flow, depth and structure.
Structure is a relative term; a deep depression just off the edge of a flat, or a deep trough cut through the sand along the pass shoals can both be considered structures. Some more obvious structures would be jetties, beach breakers, and of course the many artificial reefs that line our coast.