Fossil Hunting at Caspersen Beach

Don’t just go to the beach, have an adventure. Now you can go to the beach and dig for fossils, too!

For your next beach vacation, learn about Caspersen Beach near Venice, Florida, where you can turn your next beach vacation into an educational fossil dig.

Known by the locals as “black gold,” people mine for fossilized shark teeth here which appear in abundance. There is also the chance of finding megaladon teeth, a real prehistoric relic.

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Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne – Bill Baggs State Park

Looking for a nice spot with some amazing views in South Florida? Cape Florida is one of the only spots before you hit the Keys where you can actually see the sun both rise and set over the water!

Located in the Greater Miami area and occupying approximately a third of the island of Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs State Park boasts some of the most beautiful beaches around. Home to the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the park was listed twice in Forbes magazine as one of the top ten beaches in America.

With its turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches, and spectacular views onto Biscayne Bay, it’s not hard to see why! Continue reading Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne – Bill Baggs State Park

A Visit To The Elk River Salmon Hatchery – Port Orford, Oregon

People have differing opinions on the benefits and disadvantages of fish hatcheries. The most obvious benefit of a fish hatchery is, of course, increasing the numbers of the fish. Fish hatcheries are instrumental in restoring endangered fishing populations, which can mean the difference in the survival of a specific species.

Fish hatcheries also collect critical data involving population numbers, parasites, disease, threats, water quality and genetic diversity, which is vital for future conservation efforts. Fish hatcheries keep a finger on the pulse of the environment, and can help to determine when sections of a river, or in some cases, an entire river as a whole, needs to be shut down for fishing, in an order to replenish decreasing populations of wild fish, or otherwise contribute to the health of the river system.
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California Sea Lions – Naughty Or Nice?

Sea lions have a reputation for being comical, whimsical and downright entertaining, with their playful antics while in the water. The now infamous Pier 39 in San Francisco was taken over by sea lions in the late 1980’s and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions on the waterfront. There is even a live webcam devoted to the sea lions year round.

Although the name implies that they are from California, the California Sea Lion ranges in habitat on the west coast from Mexico to British Columbia and Alaska. Their unmistakable and distinctive “bark” gives them away immediately. Anyone who is fortunate to witness them in the wild will walk away with a new appreciation of this intelligent, wild creature. Continue reading California Sea Lions – Naughty Or Nice?