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WGCU stages fundraiser at Tarpon Bay Explorers

By Staff | May 19, 2010

Two WGCU supporters observe a horse conch during the Touch Tank presentation.

On Saturday, May 8, a group of 38 WGCU supporters joined Dr. Jerry Jackson of Florida Gulf Coast University for a cruise around scenic Tarpon Bay within The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 

The tour was hosted by Tarpon Bay Explorers’ Captain Steve Yetsko and Naturalist Donna Yetsko aboard the tour boat Explorer III.  The group was also treated to a visit to the Explorers’ Aquarium and Touch Tank exhibit, during which Yetsko led an entertaining presentation about Tarpon Bay’s marine life. 

Dr. Jackson is an expert on birds and other wildlife and created an exciting and informative afternoon for the group. There are hundreds of birds nesting at the rookeries in Tarpon Bay now, including egrets, herons, pelicans and cormorants, so there was a lot to see during the tour.

“Tarpon Bay Explorers is a long-time supporter of WGCU Public Media and we appreciate [their] continued support," said Paula Sklodowski from WGCU’s Public Media. "Being able to offer the trip during our spring fund drive helped make it the most successful radio membership campaign the station has ever had.”

In addition, Tarpon Bay Explorers offered the tour for free to WGCU for inclusion in their spring membership campaign. 

Dr. Jerry Jackson tells the group of WGCU supporters about the local wildlife in Tarpon Bay.

For additional information on programs and other fundraisers at WGCU visit www.wgcu.org. For more information on programs offered by Tarpon Bay Explorers, visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com or call 472-8900.

TBE Naturalist Donna Yetsko tells the guests about the life of a pen shell clam in the Touch Tank exhibit.

Dr. Jackson scans Tarpon Bay for birds, dolphins and manatees.