Lovers Key Adventures http://www.loverskeyadventures.com Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outside Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:02:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Welcome New Park Superintendent at Lovers Key State Park http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/welcome-new-park-superintendent-lovers-key-state-park/ Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:02:53 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12088 The team at Lovers Key Adventure is very excited about the plans laid out by the park’s new superintendent Robert Steiger. This is actually Bob’s second time to head Lovers Key State Park as he was here from 1994 to 1996 when leadership was combined […]

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The team at Lovers Key Adventure is very excited about the plans laid out by the park’s new superintendent Robert Steiger. This is actually Bob’s second time to head Lovers Key State Park as he was here from 1994 to 1996 when leadership was combined with Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. When the parks became independent, he went to Delnor Wiggins where he has spent 20 years being their head. The team there says that they will miss him because of his great teaching techniques.

Stopping the Australian Pine

One of Bob’s primary focuses will be on eradicating Australian Pine seedlings. These trees got their start as windbreaks during the late 1800s, but they lead to beach erosion. Their quick growth displaces native vegetation with deeper roots that help to stop beach erosion. Their growth also prevents sea turtles and American crocodiles from building coastal nests. They provide very few resources to wildlife.

The End of Brazilian Pepper Plants

Bob will also be working to stop Brazilian pepper plants. These plants often prevent the growth of plants that do a much better job of providing food for wildlife. Like poison ivy, direct contact with the skin can cause severe irritation. Unless these plants are limited to specific areas, they can cause the total extinction of some plant species in the area who cannot compete against them.

Stopping the Invasive Growth of Ear Leaf Acacia

Bob will also be working to halt the growth of Ear Leaf Acacia. Like the Australian Pine, these trees grow extremely rapidly, so they may stop native species from growing deep roots. They are a nuisance to the environment because they do not break down when dead as regular trees do. They are also a problem because they do not provide many resources for wildlife.

Protecting the Park for Future Generations

Bob says that he has a granddaughter who is two. He hopes that the steps that he takes now will help promote Lovers Key State Park’s native ecosystem so that she can enjoy it as she matures. Bob is just two years away from retirement, but he hopes that he can quickly teach those around him to take better care of the park so that it can be preserved for many years to come. He says that the 1.4 million people who come to the park annually have almost loved it to death.

We look forward to working with Bob in his new capacity. Together, we know that we can help build a park that future generations can enjoy.

Photo Source: Friends of Lovers Key and Orlando Sentinel

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Gather the Family for a Lovers Key Adventure http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/gather-family-lovers-key-adventure/ Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:04:45 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12083 In today’s busy world, spending quality time with your family can quickly get pushed down to the bottom of your list. You have a lot of responsibilities at work, you’re trying to get things done around the house, and your to-do list just keeps growing. […]

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In today’s busy world, spending quality time with your family can quickly get pushed down to the bottom of your list. You have a lot of responsibilities at work, you’re trying to get things done around the house, and your to-do list just keeps growing. If you’re ready to make family time a priority, Lovers Key Adventures is here to help. Read on to discover three reasons why we are the perfect choice for family fun.

1. Something for Everyone

At Lovers Key Adventures, we are proud to offer something for everyone. Whether you want to visit us with your immediate family or with a whole slew of aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins, we will make sure that everyone has a great time.

If you are searching for adventure in a safe manner, consider booking one of our Guided Kayak Tours. During these tours, an experienced guide points out all of the beauty that Lovers Key has to offer. Since our fleet includes over 50 kayaks, we’re ready to handle a crowd!

If you prefer to explore on your own, we offer equipment rentals. Rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards or canoes to explore on the water. Or check out our selection of bicycles and beach gear for those who prefer to stay on land.

2. Reasonable Pricing

We know that you work hard for your money, so we are thrilled to offer our rentals and services at a reasonable rate. You don’t have to take your entire family to a theme park for a week to experience the Florida life. Instead, take advantage of our great prices.

When you rent a marine vessel from us, our low rates include paddles, backrests, and life vests. We don’t ever want you to scrimp on safety just to save a few dollars.

3. Unforgettable Memories

Perhaps the most important reason why you should choose Lovers Key Adventures for your next family outing is the fact that we will help you create lifelong memories. When you’re visiting this beautiful state park, it becomes a little easier to put your cell phone away and truly connect with one another face to face.

Exploring a new place and being active are wonderful ways to bond with your extended family. We love seeing families snap photos and share plenty of laughs as they marvel at the natural beauty of Lovers Key State Park.

If you would like more information about our activity options, or if you are ready to make a reservation for your family, please contact our friendly staff members today. We look forward to helping you plan the best family outing ever!

Lovers Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
239-765-7788

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Come See the West Indian Manatees http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/come-see-west-indian-manatees/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:09:10 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12077 It is now time to see the West Indian manatees at Lovers Key State Park as they will be making their annual visit from now until the first part of March. These animals are highly endangered, so the more people become aware of them, the less […]

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It is now time to see the West Indian manatees at Lovers Key State Park as they will be making their annual visit from now until the first part of March. These animals are highly endangered, so the more people become aware of them, the less likely it will be that they disappear entirely. As with any form of marine life, view them from a distance while giving them enough space that they will stay relaxed.

Size and Description

It is hard to miss a full-grown manatee as they can grow up to 11 feet long and weigh up to 1,320 pounds.The light brown or gray manatees that come to visit our park are usually some of the biggest in the world. These animals are the largest of all known sirenians. They often live up to 28 years in the wild and have been known to live over 60 years in captivity. At birth, manatees often are four feet long and weigh up to 60 pounds.

Watching the Manatees

Watching West Indian manatees from one of our kayaks or stand-up paddleboards is an excellent way to witness the antics of this animal fist hand as they are often seen somersaulting, rolling and swimming upside down. It is nearly impossible to witness one of these huge animals without falling in love with the strange creatures.

Food for the Manatees

Manatees routinely feed on about 60 different types of marine plants often spending up to eight hours eating each day. They are crucial for keeping algae in check in our waters. Scientists know that some male manatees eat the feces of female manatees. They believe that manatees do this because it gives them valuable information about the animal’s reproductive cycle. They often use their flippers to dig up plants buried on the seafloor and use their lips to manipulate plants so that they can get them in their mouths. If you look along the shores very carefully, you may find a manatee molar tooth because as they wear them down, their bodies grow new ones pushing the old ones out of the way.

Threats to Manatees

Scientists believe that over 38 percent of all West Indian manatees die because they come in contact with a motor boat or other manmade objects. They simply cannot get out of the way fast enough. Therefore, it is of particular importance to keep a sharp eye out for these animals during their stay near our state park. Manatees have a very low reproductive rate further endangering them.

Manatee Communication

If you listen extremely carefully, then you may be able to hear manatees talking to each other in chirps, whistles, or squeaks. Mothers and children are particularly vocal during the day as a way to keep track of each other’s locations. Mothers and calves are particularly vocal during the day as a way to keep track of each other’s locations.

We hope that you will mark your calendars to come see us very soon to learn more about the manatees. The more you learn, the more you will want to help protect this endangered species.

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8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Expand Your Curriculum at Lovers Key State Park http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/expand-curriculum-lovers-key-state-park/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:08:23 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12074 Teachers need to begin planning now to bring their students to Key Lovers State Park. Even if the weather is a bit nippy, bringing children to the park can help improve their performance on standardized tests, according to numerous studies. Studies conducted by Stanford University […]

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Teachers need to begin planning now to bring their students to Key Lovers State Park. Even if the weather is a bit nippy, bringing children to the park can help improve their performance on standardized tests, according to numerous studies.

Studies conducted by Stanford University found that people who walk outside are much more creative. Doctor David Strayer at the University of Utah says that it is all about giving the brain a break. When the human body receives that break, then it becomes more creative. Students who are more creative, score higher on standardized tests.

Furthermore, in studies conducted with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) children, it was found that children who played outside scored 81 percent higher on concentration tests. Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to fewer inside all day. This is particularly the case for children with ADHD who need to burn off energy.

Teachers will soon begin fighting the endless colds and flu that attacks their classrooms each year. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that students who were exposed to natural light on a regular basis had fewer infections. Furthermore, research shows that patients who are healing from surgery need 22 percent fewer painkillers when exposed to natural light.

Teachers who bring their students to Lovers Key State Park may experience an improved mood among their students, and even fewer discipline problems in their classrooms in days following the trip. Getting outside for even a few minutes helps fight seasonal affective disorder in both children and adults.

The staff at Lovers Key State Park can help you plan all types of enjoyable activities that tie naturally into your curriculum. For example, students can hike five miles in a maritime hammock forest learning about the habitat located there. Students can learn about the predator cycle or other concepts appropriate to this area.

We can also take children to the water where all types of science experiments can teach the children about low and high tides, water quality and so much more. We can also teach children about the first settlers in the area to make your history lessons more exciting.

There are so many possibilities that your children will be buzzing about their trip for months to come. We make it easy for you to arrange it. The first step is to contact us today.

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8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
239-765-7788

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Take Beautiful Landscape Photos at Key Lovers’ State Park http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/take-beautiful-landscape-photos-key-lovers-state-park/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:21:53 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12065 Lovers’ Key State Park is a beautiful place to take landscape photos. There are so many different options that you can always find something interesting to shoot. Grab your DSLR camera and capture some perfect beach photos that you will be proud to show to […]

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Lovers’ Key State Park is a beautiful place to take landscape photos. There are so many different options that you can always find something interesting to shoot. Grab your DSLR camera and capture some perfect beach photos that you will be proud to show to anyone.

Rule Of Thirds

Lovers’ Key State Parks four barrier islands offer an incredible variety of landscapes to photograph. Pick out one thing and let it be the focal point of your pictures. Look at your LCD screen as a tic-tac-toe board. Find a focal point and place it where two of the lines intersect, this is known as the rule of thirds. This simple technique sets your focal point off-center and makes your photograph more interesting to look at.

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Rule of Thirds – from Academy of Photography

Golden Hour

It is always best to take pictures at the park during its slower hours. That way, you do not have to worry about others getting in your way. The best time to shoot most photos is right after sunrise and during “magic hour” right before sunset. During these hours, the light is scattered, so you will not experience the problems that you do with the sun being too bright in the middle of the day. To take unique photos away from the crowd rent a kayak or a canoe, just make sure you have a dry-bag for your camera!

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Landscape photos can be vertical too – by Light Journeys

If the horizon is in your photo, then try to keep it straight across the frame. Although you will want to play with different options depending on the scene, the horizon should occupy no more than one-third of the photo. This is easy enough to fix using a crop tool in your photo editor afterwards if you didn’t get it quite right.

Long Exposure

The beautiful 2.5-mile long beach at Key Lovers’ State Park makes for dramatic photographs. When shooting beach scenes, consider adjusting the shutter speed. If you want the water to look like it is frozen in place, then set the shutter speed faster than 1/20 second. If you want the water to look like it is moving, then consider setting the speed at about 1/3 second. An interesting technique to try is setting the shutter speed at about four seconds, so the water has a hazy appearance.

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Long Exposure by Meho Photography

Play with Filters

Using different filters on your camera during your visit to Key Lovers’ State Park can provide dramatic effects. If you are going to increase your shutter speed, then try using a neutral-density filter because it changes the wavelength of the light the camera sees making your photos even more dramatic. This is especially useful if you are going to rent a canoe or a kayak and take pictures from the water, as it allows the camera’s light sensors to work much better.

You may also want to use an ultraviolet filter to eliminate atmospheric haze. While your eyes may get used to seeing through this haze, even on the hottest summer days, the camera does not and your photos will look hazy without it.

Taking beautiful landscape photos at Key Lovers’ State Park is a wonderful way to spend the day. You will be amazed at the photos that you capture when you follow these simple techniques.

Cover Photo: Konrad Dwojak

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A Great Place To Go On A Date http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/a-great-place-to-go-on-a-date/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:27:58 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12058 Lovers Key is a great place to go on a date and it isn’t just because of the name. There are plenty of adventures you can have, learn a little bit about yourself and have plenty of fun at the same time. They have many […]

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Lovers Key is a great place to go on a date and it isn’t just because of the name. There are plenty of adventures you can have, learn a little bit about yourself and have plenty of fun at the same time. They have many different options kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and even birding. There is a slew of different things that you can do on a date.

The location is a great place to have a second or third date. Because first of all it provides a quiet location where two people can learn more about each other. You can learn what your likes and dislikes are as well as how you jive together. Sometimes not even talking at all and just interacting by canoeing down the waterways. It can be a great place to learn more about the way the other person thinks, how they act and just how they deal with the world around them.

Renting a kayak or canoe  is a great way to see how two people can work both together and apart by being in different boats yet getting to the same place. By spending time together in an activity such as this, as opposed to a dinner at a restaurant, they’ll be able to see if they can remain calm in a situation that requires teamwork and communication. If one person is less experienced, will they be able to accept guidance and follow instructions? Will the person giving the advice be kind and sensitive? This type of activity quickly shows whether two individuals can work and thrive together.

Birding is a fun way to discover the way each person feels about being quiet and one with nature. If one person is enthusiastic about going and then gets bored after a few minutes, while the other person wants to stay on for hours, it might be something to consider. Not saying that this is a dealbreaker for a long term relationship, but it offers a glimpse into future conflicts of interest. Not all successful couples like all the same things. For example, maybe she enjoys reading a book on the beach, while he goes fishing from the shore. The important thing to note here is that they are both there – it’s not like one person wanted to go to the beach and the other hates sand and salt water.

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More active couples could try an outdoor sport like stand up paddle boarding, where each person has to stand on their board and keep their balance. They will need to stand or kneel on the board and be able to paddle at the same time. It just takes a little bit of time to learn, but once you learn you will be able to glide over the water with ease and will have had a blast learning together!

These activities include something perfect for land lovers and sea lovers. They could be ideal for a couple-hour date or a full day spent together, but they will be an excellent way to become involved with each other and nature. From looking for birds to trying any of the water activities like boats or paddle boarding you will be sure to have a phenomenal time. You will also have a unique date, which you and your romantic interest is sure to remember.

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Up a Creek With a Paddle – SUP? http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/up-a-creek-with-a-paddle-sup/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:50:48 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12050 One of the most popular fitness crazes to hit the waterfront in recent years it the SUP, or stand-up paddle. Matter of fact, the SUP is more than a craze, it has become a daily workout for many individuals who prefer the water to asphalt. […]

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One of the most popular fitness crazes to hit the waterfront in recent years it the SUP, or stand-up paddle. Matter of fact, the SUP is more than a craze, it has become a daily workout for many individuals who prefer the water to asphalt.

A Workout that’s Fun

For many who use their stand up paddle for exercise, it’s the most fun they’ve ever had working out. We hear every day here at Lovers Key Adventures from new paddle board users that they intend to get their own board when they go home. You’ll see the increasingly popular SUP on lakes, streams and even small ponds as more people drift into fitness on this great waterboard.

Even the Wall Street Journal took note of the rising number of stand-up paddle surfers several years ago. The writer notes that the natural effort exerted to keep balanced and erect does an excellent job of toning and strengthening the back, buttocks, shoulders, arms, and legs. That makes the SUP a total body workout with minimal stress on ankles and knees.

In fact, being on the water keeps you cool while getting your heartbeat up and giving you both aerobic and strength exercise. While paddle boarding has been known in Hawaii and California since the 80s, it is now a national business generating more than $9 billion in sales.

Rentals and Tours

If you have never experienced a stand-up paddle board ride, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get the hang of it here at Lovers Key Adventures. And if you are already an old hand at the sport, you’ll love our great selection of gear for rental  including lightweight 28 lbs soft top boards that are 11’6” long and 33” wide.

These boards are more than a great waterborne exercise machine. With no distracting motors or sails, you can glide around the sights here at Lovers Key State Park. Travel down the nearby estuary to check out the wildlife, or set out on the back bay for a longer adventure. Of course, many enjoy just paddling along the beach, enjoying the sun and salt spray while staying out of the water – if you have good balance!

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We also offer training classes (you’ll be surprised how fast you pick up the knack for a SUP), and you can tag along with our numerous guided tours for even more fun.

If you want a great new way to celebrate your wedding, anniversary, or another special event, why not ask “What’s SUP?” Contact us to set up group lessons and tours with your group and you’ll give them an experience they’ll talk about for ages. Join the stand-up paddle crowd and you’ll never see the water the same way again.

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8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Can A Team Building Trip To Lover’s Key State Park Save Your Company? http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/team-building-trip-lovers-key-state-park/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:34:23 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12046 The worth of team building activities are often overlooked. If you are the owner of a brand new small business, you already know how lucky you are. You’re one of the brave few who have been able to turn their entrepreneurial vision into living reality. You […]

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The worth of team building activities are often overlooked. If you are the owner of a brand new small business, you already know how lucky you are. You’re one of the brave few who have been able to turn their entrepreneurial vision into living reality. You had a dream and stuck to it until it made you the CEO of your very own company. However, there’s more to being a business owner than just the title. You’re now in charge of making sure that all of the employees you have hired can get along and work together to realize your vision of being head of a successful, thriving company.

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Outdoors

If your employees aren’t getting along, the trouble may be due to any number of reasons. One thing is for sure: You’ve got to do something to get them all back on the same page. If you’ve tried everything but the kitchen sink to stop them bickering, it may be time to pull out the big guns. Try this on for size: A team building excursion at the world famous Lover’s Key State Park. Even the most irascible pack of employees will gladly put on a show of peace to win an invitation to such a magical location.

Out Of Doors Is The Place To See The Big Picture

No matter what issues your employees may have with each other, it’s usually the case that they will put aside their animosity when an opportunity for an exciting outdoor excursion comes along. After all, you’re living in Florida, one of the premiere locations for birding, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. With such a vast wealth of opportunity staring you right in the face, who wants to go on bickering in the office? Getting your employees out of doors may well be the first step in finally getting them to see the big picture.

Putting It All Into The Proper Perspective

In the end, it’s all about putting things into their proper perspective. Sure, the arguments your employees engage in may be related to relevant concerns, but the simple truth is that the bickering has gotten out of hand. Time spent feuding is time not devoted to increasing the productivity and profitability of your business. Get your employees out of doors, and let them see with their own eyes the beauty that nature has to offer. It’s an excellent way to coax them gently to let go of their petty issues.

Plan Your Outdoor Team Building Excursion Today

If you have any questions about planning an outdoor team building excursion for your company, feel free to contact us today. Lover’s Key State Park is a regular venue for all manner of outdoor activities, from birding to canoeing to weddings. We will do our utmost to make your team building trip a success. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
239-765-7788

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Having Your Wedding At Lovers Key http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/having-your-wedding-at-lovers-key/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12038 If you are considering or are dead set on having your wedding at Lovers Key State Park then this article explaining the process is sure to help in guiding you through choosing Lovers Key as your wedding destination and making your wedding a magical one. This […]

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If you are considering or are dead set on having your wedding at Lovers Key State Park then this article explaining the process is sure to help in guiding you through choosing Lovers Key as your wedding destination and making your wedding a magical one. This list of steps will not only make the process easier but will determine the end-result of your wedding day.

First Initial Step

When thinking about having your wedding at Lovers Key, the first thing to do is to submit a form of information that includes information such as your anticipated wedding date, what time you prefer your wedding to be at, about how many guests will be there, and what your budget is to Lovers Key Adventures. This first step is essential in the process because without confirming your dates are available you won’t be able to book Lovers Key Adventures for your wedding day. You should also make sure to submit your information as soon as you know all the details of your wedding to ensure that you get the date you are looking for before anyone else does. If in doubt, call Lovers Key Adventures and speak someone on the phone.

Second Step: First Meeting

After completing the first step and submitting the form of information to Lovers Key adventures the next process is to meet with Lovers Key Adventures so they can get to know you and your soon to be spouse better. During this first meeting, they will show you around the facilities and even talk about any ideas you have for your wedding. They have various wedding packages available, so discuss all your needs and select the one best suited for you. Since this is often a destination wedding location, it will be understandable if physically being there before the wedding date is not an option. In this case, and also for subsequent meetings, discuss these details with your wedding planner.

Third Step: Go Over It Again

At the first meeting, you probably listed off some of the ideas you have for your wedding, but the third step in the process would be to go over every single one of the ideas you have with Lovers Key Adventures and plan out all the details. This way they can do their best to put every idea together and make your wedding as perfect as possible and a dream come true.

Fourth Step: Finalizing

The fourth step in the process of having your wedding at Lovers Key would be to meet with them one last time just to give them a more exact head count of how many people are going to be attending your wedding. Another good thing to do in the finalizing process would be to set up a timeline for how you want events to happen during your wedding, so everything goes smoothly. This is the last step/meeting before your big day happens.

Your Wedding Day

After finalizing everything Lovers Key Adventures will take all the information you gave them in order to make your wedding day as special and memorable as possible. So after all that stressful planning it is now time to enjoy your wedding and all the hard work that was put into it.

Special Wedding Venues

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Learn More About The Birds at Lover’s Key State Park http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/birds-at-lovers-key-state-park/ Mon, 23 May 2016 09:53:22 +0000 http://www.loverskeyadventures.com/?p=12032 The 1616 acres of Lover’s Key State Park consists of four barrier islands. This park was slated for development during the late 1950s, but fortunately it was kept in its pristine condition and today offers many exciting things to do such as biking and hiking trails or canoe […]

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The 1616 acres of Lover’s Key State Park consists of four barrier islands. This park was slated for development during the late 1950s, but fortunately it was kept in its pristine condition and today offers many exciting things to do such as biking and hiking trails or canoe & kayak rentals. The islands were only accessible by boat early on, but now drivers can cross on a well-maintained road to access the park. When visiting the park, pay particular attention to the various species of birds.

While enjoying the park from the water, watch for the osprey diving to catch fish near the water’s surface. These birds often first spot their prey when they are over 100 feet above the water. Once spotted, these raptors then plunge feet first into the water to capture their prey. If you examine these birds carefully, you discover how their bodies are perfect for catching and eating fish. They have reversible outer toes that help them hold their catch better and backwards-facing scales on the talons that act as barbs. Diving in the waters off Lover’s Key State Park is possible because of they can close their nostrils to keep the water out.

Guests can also catch a glimpse of the nation’s bird, the bald eagle, high in the trees at the park. Look carefully and you will see that these birds have a lot of feathers. In fact, their feathers weigh twice as much of their skeletons. What you won’t see, however, is that these bird’s bones are completely hollow.

Another type of bird that you can see when you visit the park are plovers. Snowy plovers often use the sandy shores of the park to lay their eggs. That is why sometimes the park rangers find it necessary to close some of our beaches while the moms sit on their nests. The second type of plover that is occasionally seen at the park is the piping plover. These birds look very similar to their snowy relatives but are highly threatened. Like their cousins, the beaches may be closed at times so that these highly endangered birds can have their young.

Another type of bird that visitors to the park often see is the least terns. If you visit the park during February and March, you may see these small birds going through their elaborate courting ritual throughout the park. Then in April, they lay their eggs on the park’s sandy shores.

These birds and others found at Lover’s Key State Park make it a beautiful place to have a school field trip or a guided standup paddle board or kayak tour. In addition to seeing the birds, you’ll  learn more about marine animals that live nearby. Many groups of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts also come visit Lovers Key State Park to work on various merit badges.

Photo Credit: Hugh J McLaughlin

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