Historic Blakeley State Park is offering two unique cruises aboard the Delta Explorer as a part of Market Day at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on Sunday, Aug. 1.
At 11 a.m. 5 Rivers’ Educators will be aboard talking about Alabama’s state reptile, the Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle. This endangered species is found only in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and surrounding area. Females nest on land around the Delta, including 5 Rivers property. Hatchlings are small, about the size of a quarter, and have a very high mortality rate from predation. Each year, hatchlings are found on land at 5 Rivers by observant staff and guests and are then released to the water. Come learn about this fascinating and charismatic turtle and get a chance to see them released into the wild.
At 1:30 p.m. we offer another of our popular Delta Discovery tours. This 90-minute excursion into the wild and scenic lower reaches of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta—known as the "American Amazon"—introduces visitors and local residents alike to a truly astounding natural habitat. Both cruises depart from the Bartram Landing at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. To reserve your seat, visit the events page on our website, www.blakeleypark.com, to book tickets online.