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Ripple Effect Ecotours Offers Summer Kayaking Opportunities

Great summer kayaking opportunities await and locals and repeat customers can call us to makereservations with a 10% discount through the month of June!

Our own Danny Lippi, Master Naturalist Instructor and guide who has been with Ripple Effect sinceday 1 has been voted Flagler County Hospitality Hero!

Here’s an except from the article in the Palm Coast Recorder:

In line with National Tourism Week, three ‘frontline’ tourism workers were honored May 11, atthe second-annual H.E.R.O.E.S. Awards ceremony, on board the Sundancer Yacht.

“When Danny Lippi was a kid, he couldn’t have cared less about marshes and swamps. As he gotolder, though, he got into zookeeping and started learning the science behind Florida’slandscapes; his interests started shifting.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Lippi has been in the nature game almost 15 years — 11 asa professional. A Ripple Effect Ecotours employee, he’s a kayak guide and Naturalist Instructor atUF’s Whitney Labs.

He said he loves opening peoples’ eyes to the importance of the surrounding ecosystem.

The favorite part of his job?

“When you can take a family out that just wants to splash paddles and show them something more,”he said.”

And we have a new crew member as well:

Mike Lagasse – Environmental Scientist – Coastal Florida Master Naturalist – ACA Level 1 Coastal KayakInstructor

Mike brings his experience from the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department onto thewater with years of expertise in water quality and greenhouse gas inventories. His background inFlorida water conservation issues helps to bring about a greater understanding of the vast aquaticecosystems that Ripple Effect explores. On another note, Mike is the first new guide to start atRipple Effect in over 3 years and he defines the ideology by which Ripple Effect aspires to, that isserious integrity and depth of character. Welcome Mike!

Shorebirds Need Our Help!

Do you need a good excuse to go to the beach?

The 2011 nesting season for shorebirds and seabirds along St. Johns County coastline has begun. Least Terns are incubating eggs and Wilson’s Plover chicks have been spotted. Volunteer birdstewards are critical in helping beach-nesting birds raise their families successfully.

Bird steward opportunities exist at several locations in St. Johns County. Volunteers are providedwith training in bird identification, nesting cycles, and stewardship. You will have the opportunityto observe the birds as they incubate their eggs and raise their chicks to maturity on our beautifulbeaches. Your 3-hour stewarding shift on the beach will surely be a rewarding experience as youwatch these baby birds grow up safely, thanks to you! Questions and RSVP, please contact MoniqueBorboen, Northeast Florida Program at mborboen@audubon.org or 904-813-5115.

Thanks for reading and happy paddling!

Chris Kelley

Ripple Effect Ecotours

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