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Grand Opening of Ten Thousand Islands

Daryl Thomas, center, a Florida wildlife biologist, along with Karen Bickford, left, Hailey Clark 7, center right, her grandmother Louise Bergeron, right, and others, look down the trail to identify wildlife during on a bird walk on the main trail during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided kayak tours and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Daryl Thomas, center, a Florida wildlife biologist, along with Karen Bickford, left, Hailey Clark 7, center right, her grandmother Louise Bergeron, right, and others, look down the trail to identify wildlife during on a bird walk on the main trail during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided kayak tours and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, center, helps Mary Fink, right, put her kayak into the water before a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, center, helps Mary Fink, right, put her kayak into the water before a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, center, helps Kim Mimides, right, into a kayak, as Ray Sliter, left, waits to put his into the water before a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, center, helps Kim Mimides, right, into a kayak, as Ray Sliter, left, waits to put his into the water before a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Daryl Thomas, center, a Florida wildlife biologist, along with Karen Bickford, left, Hailey Clark 7, center right, her grandmother Louise Bergeron, right, and others, look down the trail to identify wildlife during on a bird walk on the main trail during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided kayak tours and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Daryl Thomas, center, a Florida wildlife biologist, listens for bird calls as he guides a group on a bird walk on the main trail during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided kayak tours and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Daryl Thomas, center, a Florida wildlife biologist, guides a group on a bird walk on the main trail during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided kayak tours and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, leads a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, leads a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, leads a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Jacob Pewitt comes into a clearing as he follows a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, leads a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Daryl Thomas, right, a Florida wildlife biologist, nibbles on a strand of sawgrass as he guides a group on a bird walk on the main trail during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided kayak tours and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Susan Cone, director of education at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, center, helps Jacob Pewitt, right, put his kayak into the water before a guided kayak tour during the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Naples on Oct. 10, 2009. The day's events also included guided bird walk and fly fishing demonstrations. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County kicked off National Wildlife Refuge week Saturday by celebrating the Grand Opening of the recently improved Marsh Trail. Submitted by Marya Repko
  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Manager Ben Nottingham leads a tour of the Marsh Trail in Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The tour was part of the grand opening for the Marsh Trail and the public parking lot on Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Submitted by Josh O'Connor
  • Visitors to Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge's Grand Opening wait to take a kayak tour of the new trails opened in Ten Thousand Islands Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Submitted by Josh O'Connor
  • Rich Ulig of Backcountry Fly Fishers demonstrates how to tie a DT fly at the grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge's Marsh Trail and public parking lot. Submitted by Josh O'Connor

The grand opening of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge was held on Oct. 10, 2009. Activities, including guided bird walk, guided kayak tour and fly fishing demonstration were offered throughout the day.

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