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      Kelle Loughlin: 603-778-0015
      Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211 
      June 8, 2011

Kayak Tours of Great Bay Offered at Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland

Kayaking in Great Bay

GREENLAND, N.H. -- Experience New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary by kayak this summer, guided by staff of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Upcoming kayak tours offer a chance to enjoy the rich ecological diversity and fascinating cultural history of the estuary as you paddle the tides and currents of Great Bay.

The 3-4 hour tours take place in the tidal waters of Great Bay.  All trips except Striper Fishing begin and end at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H.  All safety equipment, kayaks and basic instruction are provided (except bring your own boat and gear for striper fishing).  Participants learn proper entry and exit of the kayak, basic paddling techniques and how to do a “wet exit” (practiced on dry land).

No experience is necessary, however, be aware that kayaking is moderate to vigorous activity, and you will spend approximately 2.5 hours on the water.  You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.  Because our trips are very popular, please sign up for no more than one trip per summer.  You may ask to be put on a wait list for another trip.

Costs are as follows:  $15 if you bring your own boat; if you do not bring your own boat, the tours are $35 ($25 for Great Bay Stewards members). For the Kayak Fishing for Stripers trip, please see description of costs in listing below.  Checks should be made payable to:  Great Bay Stewards/Kayak Trips, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH, 03840.

For more information or to register, call Education Coordinator Kelle Loughlin at the Great Bay Discovery Center at (603) 778-0015. 

Following is the schedule of tours:

Kayak Fishing for Stripers (bring your own boat and gear): SORRY, CLASS FULL 6/10/11 -- Learn how to fish for striped bass from your kayak. Led by Maine and N.H. Fishing Guide Hope Eagleson and N.H. Fishing Guide Mike Ivone, this session begins at the Odiorne Point Boat Launch in Rye, N.H. Costs include a $25 class fee, $4 parking fee at the launch site,  and you must have a 2011 N.H. saltwater recreational fishing license ($16), available at www.fishnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent.  To sign up, call 603-778-0015 and ask for Kelle Loughlin or Shannon O'Brien. Discussion includes rigging your kayak, spin fishing and fly fishing tactics, reading water and understanding how tidal movement plays a role. Participants are required to bring their own kayak, paddle, personal floatation device and fishing gear. Rating: Moderate.

Salt Marsh Exploration: Friday, June 24, 2011, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. -- Like cordgrass, this trip is a perennial favorite!  Trip begins with a paddle along the southwestern edge of Great Bay, past tall stands of spartina grass and over waving beds of eelgrass. Listen for the calls of salt marsh sparrows, watch osprey dive for fish, and possibly catch a glimpse of a majestic bald eagle.  Paddle under the Squamscott River train trestle and into a hidden creek.  Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the area on this gentle paddle. Rating:  EASY

Nitrogen in Great Bay:  Friday, July 22, 2011, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. -- Many different factors influence the health of Great Bay; one of them is nitrogen. Explore the waters of the bay by kayak to learn about and observe both the positive and negative roles nitrogen plays in the ecosystem.  Examine eelgrass, sample the water and learn how scientists study the water quality of this and other estuaries around the nation. Rating:  EASY   

Wildlife of Great Bay: Friday, August 5, 2011, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. -- Explore the unique animals that call Great Bay home.  What bird can dive at speeds up to 80 mph?  Which animal can filter up to 20 gallons of water a day?  Which animal dresses in velvet each fall?  Paddle the edges and open water of the bay and discover what unique adaptations these creatures have. Rating:  EASY

Sunset Birding – Friday, August 19, 2011, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy a leisurely paddle from Sandy Point into the mouth of the Squamscott River.  Along the way, look and listen for signs of birds that call Great Bay home during the summer, such as osprey, bald eagles, salt marsh sparrows, harriers, yellowlegs and many more. We will provide identification cards, field guides and binoculars, or bring your own. Rating:  EASY

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a cooperative federal-state partnership between the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Visit www.greatbay.org.

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