Dave Graff, right, an education specialist at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Christina Panko, a water quality assistant, search for marine life with two other employees at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. The animals found on the search will be used in one of the two touch tanks at the Environmental Learning Center that is opening to the public on Saturday and will include fiddler crabs, a moon snail, spider crab, crown conch and a pear whelk that will be placed in one of the two touch tanks. The National Estuaries Day celebration event will also include boat tours, kayaking, live animals, lab tours, live music, face painting and various presentations at the Environmental Learning Center at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Admission to the event is free.

Photo by JIMMIE PRESLEY, Daily News

Dave Graff, right, an education specialist at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Christina Panko, a water quality assistant, search for marine life with two other employees at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. The animals found on the search will be used in one of the two touch tanks at the Environmental Learning Center that is opening to the public on Saturday and will include fiddler crabs, a moon snail, spider crab, crown conch and a pear whelk that will be placed in one of the two touch tanks. The National Estuaries Day celebration event will also include boat tours, kayaking, live animals, lab tours, live music, face painting and various presentations at the Environmental Learning Center at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Admission to the event is free.

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