December, 2013
published by The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism


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For complete Board of Directors bios, follow this link: Florida SEE BoD

Chairman of the Board: CHARLES WRIGHT, Owner, Everglades Area Tours

Vice Chair, Certification Committee Chair: PETE CORRADINO, Director of Operations, Everglades Day Safari

Secretary, Grapevine editor: ERIN WHITE, Certified Florida Master Naturalist; Owner, Paradise Coast Consulting LLC

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair: NANCY MacPHEE, Program Manager, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau

Education Committee Chair: KATHLEEN HILL, Education Coordinator, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Marketing Committee Chair: WENDY RICHARDS, Managing Principal/Consultant, Noetic Marketing & Development Group

BEN EVANS, Boat Captain and Guide

AYOLANE HALUSKY, Founder, Earth Kinship LLC

JONELL MODYS, PR & Communications Manager, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Executive Director: JOHN KISEDA, Sustainability - Education Coordinator, Lee County Parks & Recreation



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SAVE THE DATE! 10th Annual Everglades Area Tours Paddle-In To Benefit Florida SEE

Charles Wright

WHAT: 2014 10th Annual Everglades Area Tours Paddle-In. 
WHEN: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014; launching at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Start from Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Ranger's Station; paddle to Indian Key
WHY? Food, family, fun, and a benefit for Florida SEE

For more details and a registration link, CLICK HERE

Estero Bay Express - Florida SEE GOLD Certified!

Pete Corradino

Estero Bay Express – Florida SEE GOLD Certified!

Congratulations to Estero Bay Express of Fort Myers Beach, FL who became the 7th Florida SEE Certified Operator on December 16th, 2013 Estero Bay Express qualified at the GOLD level!

Operating out of the Florida Clean Marina-designated Fish-Tale Marina, Estero Bay Express offers a 90-minute Dolphin Tour and a 90-minute Sunset Tour aboard the 35-foot, 30-passenger Estero Bay Express II. The Dolphin Tour covers the natural history of the inshore Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin as well as a variety of other native flora and fauna including manatee, sharks, pelicans and more. The tour explores the Estero Bay and Ostego Bay while making its way to Mound Key Archaeological State Park for a cultural history lesson on the Calusa and the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors throughout the 1500s-1700s. The Sunset Tour dials back a bit of the natural and cultural history, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

CLICK HERE to read more

Membership News

John Kiseda/Erin White

It's that time of year, when we reflect on all of our blessings, and then turn toward the future, where new adventures await. We live in paradise, and we spend much of our time outdoors, in some of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth. In the new year, we will continue to enjoy the natural world and all the wonders it has to share. We count YOU, our membership, amongst our many blessings. You have renewed your committment to the success of our organization, and for that we extend a heart-felt "THANK YOU!". We wish you and yours the best of what this season has to offer, plus a bright and shiny new year. Enjoy your holidays!


Certified Provider NEWS

Erin White

Here are the headlines submitted by some of Florida SEE's Certified Providers:

Paddle Florida Announces the Florida Keys Challenge, January 15-22, 2014
Start the new year with Paddle Florida's fourth annual Florida Keys Challenge!  From January 15-22, paddlers will take a 70-mile saltwater adventure from Long Key to Key West. The trip explores the Florida Keys, with its shimmering turquoise waters revealing the richly diverse sea life below. Paddlers have the opportunity for close encounters with starfish, corals, sea turtles and an abundant array of reef fish... CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE

Everglades Day Safari touted as "one of the world's premier eco-tours" by Must Do Visitor Guides
Must Do Visitor Guides has named Everglades Day Safari one of the Top 10 Tours offered in the Fort Myers area. Not only did they make the Top 10 list, they were also featured on Must Do's blog along with some photos by our own Pete Corradino... CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE

Wildside Tours documents wildlife encounters on Facebook
You just never know who or what you're going to meet while touring on the "wildside", but chances are pretty good that if you follow Wildside Tours on Facebook, you'll be treated to a photographic chronicle of these encounters. By land or sea or sky, all manner of wonders appear on their timeline... CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE

Everglades Area Tours launches new Sunset Champagne Tours
The Gulf of Mexico at sunset with a glass of champagne in your hand - what sounds better than that?  Everglades Area Tours thinks it's a great idea, and invites you to join them on their newly launched Sunset Champagne Tour. Tours leave from Marco as well as Everglades City... CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE

CERTIFIED PROVIDERS: Have you hired a new guide, launched a new offering? Or maybe you've just got some cool stories and photos to share.  We'd love to publish your news in this space.  We typically publish The Florida SEE Grapevine every other month, right after our Board meetings. Send your news to Erin White.


NANPA Ethical Field Practices

Erin White

NANPA stands for North American Nature Photography Association. NANPA traces it's roots back to 1994, when it was first incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)6 corporation in New York and Colorado. The organization exists to represent the interests of the field of nature photography, and promotes communication and education.

The first NANPA Nature Photography Summit was held in Fort Myers, Florida in January of 1995. It was well-attended, drawing over 500 attendees. NANPA's Ethics Committee was established early in the organization's founding.  The committee wasted no time...

The Florida SEE Grapevine - December, 2013