Hadley Haas, a homeschooled sixth grader from Port St. Joe, pets a small American alligator, being held by Lori Nicholson, from St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Estuary energy

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint was once again jammed with eager students and their fascinated parents from Gulf and Franklin counties as they came by to celebrate National Estuaries Day on Friday afternoon, May 3.

This free, fun and educational event features stations that gave hands-on demos of animal touch tanks, and all sorts of nature-themed games, like endangered animal bingo and waterfront races, and more. 

Attendees could also tour ANERR’s 5,400 square-foot Nature Center, which features an 80-foot-long mural depicting the area ecosystems, as well as historical exhibits, and a hands-on Bay Discovery Room.

The Drone Zone Challenge delighted the attendees, who each received a free t-shirt.

This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon ET, ANERR will offer a free educational boaters workshop sponsored by NOAA and the National Weather Service. Topics will include precision navigation, nautical charts, marine forecasting and weather warnings.

On Thursday, May 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. ANERR will offer a free online webinar on “People of the Apalachicola: A Community-Driven Archaeology Project,” which will briefly explore Apalachicola-area history and heritage, highlighting the ways in which archaeological sites are at risk from climate change impacts. Especially important to the discussion is how engaged communities can play a critical role in the long-term preservation of local heritage.

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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