“Last Sunday we had a mix of locals and visitors come to Pigeon Key to learn about shark biology,” Casey Howley-Brigham, Pigeon Key’s education director told the Keys Weekly. Already, two more seminars are on the calendar and more are planned, she said. 

On Sunday, Jan. 17, participants will learn about squid and dissection and on Sunday, Jan. 24, the course will cover reef fish identification and a fishing clinic. 

The adventure begins at 11:30 when guests check in at the visitor’s center at 2010 Overseas Highway in Marathon (near Faro Blanco Resort). At noon, guests take the ferry to Pigeon Key, the historic island located near the center of the 7 Mile Bridge. The program runs from 12:30 to 1:30, then there’s a break for lunch. The programming resumes at 2 p.m. and lasts until about 2:30 p.m. 

The ferry doesn’t leave until 3:30 p.m., giving guests an hour to explore.

“Our goal of the optional events — like the walking history tour — is for you and your group to do what you please. You can bring your snorkel gear, swim off the beach or explore our on-island museum,” Howley-Brigham said. 

Participants will wear masks. 

The cost for the program is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Locals receive a $5 discount. Reservations are required to attend; call 860-961-1982 or email at [email protected]. Those with reservations must cancel 24 hours prior in order to receive a refund. The event is weather dependent (due to the ferry ride) and if cancellation is necessary, guests will be notified by 10 a.m. and ticket costs refunded. 
More information is at pigeonkey.net

Visitors for the education seminars should bring a water bottle, lunch and snacks for the visit to the island. Guests can also bring snorkel gear to explore the water around the island. (Note: there is no lifeguard on duty.)

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