Katie is an excellent observer of marine life and has a keen knowledge of shells. Her parents, Penny and Mark, enjoy fostering her love of both. I am always excited to be a part of this learning process. On this trip we explored the backcountry, stopped by a sandbar in the Gulf and walked a beautiful stretch of beach. Favorite finds were a small and large horseshoe crab, and the coolest worm shell ever. I look forward to our next time of learning. Thank you Mark, Penny and Katie. See ya soon! Capt. Brian
Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat
“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.
You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”
Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story
Monday, June 23, 2014
Kathy has traveled and explored with me many times. Her enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious. She wanted to do a trip that was focused on turtles and hopefully see one. Well we did just that and a side visit to some pre-columbian shell mounds. We started our trip by walking the beaches of the out islands observing turtle tracks and nests and then stopped by the Tarpon Lodge for a delicious lunch. Next it was off to the Randell Research center where we visited the pre-Columbian shells mounds. We had a most pleasant walk and talk on the mounds. The next part of the trip we spent drifting with the tide. We drifted the outgoing tide between two islands with the engine off, nothing around but the sound of the water and frigates overhead. We drifted for 3 hours. Kathy was extremely patience and her patience paid off. We saw 9 turtles breach the surface and one large loggerhead close to the boat. It was a wonderful day on the water and Kathy witnessed a sea turtle in the wild for the first time. Patience pays off! Thank you Kathy for another fun day of exploring.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I spent the afternoon exploring the out islands with Ed and Barbara. The bird life on this afternoon was amazing and the colors of the water's edge was equally pleasing to the eyes. Ed and I enjoy some of the same writers and it is always a pleasure talking literature with Ed. Ed has been an island traveler for decades who has many stories to tell. Thank you Ed and Barbara for a beautiful day on the water and great conversation. Capt. Brian
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The weather was perfect for Margaret, Manny, Jackie, Collin and Molly. They all enjoyed seeing the dolphin and learning about these marine mammals. The water was extremely clear so we all went for a walk in the sea grass learning about different marine habitat. The kids loved seeing a live sea urchin, a live whelk and horseshoe crabs. It is always fun with Margaret and Manny, this trip was extra fun showing the kids new experiences in the marine world.