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Love Letter to the Swamp

Love Letter to the Swamp by Nick Napoda They said they would burn me out. It was the heat of summer in Louisiana and I was guiding kayak tours seven days a week. The swamp was my office until I started graduate school and I couldn’t remember my last day off. Burnout is not what…

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September 18, 2018

Stories From the swamp

Stories from the Swamp by Kelley K Alligator hunting season, oh my! Lost a few scaly friends this week, as well as almost every one of the best shady spots to the suspension traps. Had a gruff interaction with some of the hunters, and now we have a tropical storm upon us! What a week!…

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September 5, 2018

Why September is the Best Month to Visit New Orleans

September is one of the best months to visit New Orleans, here are some reasons why! Fragrant Flowers Not busy Great temperature Milwaukee Kayak Company says so! Wildlife is active Possible hurricane storms and it can be a bit rainy, but we still find plenty of time to go on swamp tours. Find out why November is a…

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September 1, 2018

Protecting the Pearl

One Lake Proposal Threatens the Lower Pearl River Ecosystems by Ross Baringer In the last century the US was the world leader in new dam construction, erecting thousands of dams on rivers across the country. After several decades of observing the broad impact of damming, from flood pattern change to environmental degradation, the US is…

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August 17, 2018

DON’T BE LIKE EVELYN

DONT BE LIKE EVELYN. SHE SUCKS.

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August 3, 2018

Poda’s Paddling Pet Peeves

Paddling Pet Peeves by Nick Napoda For many of you, a swamp tour will be your first paddling experience. Avoid these six things enhance your time on the water. Lilly Dipping: Lilly dipping is when you take short, effortless strokes, hardly wetting the paddle in the water. The result? You get left behind! The correction?…

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August 2, 2018

Photography Tips Part 2

Getting the shot – Part 2 More kayak photography tips… By Ross Baringer I’ve got a few more strategies to add to follow up my last post and help you get the most out of kayaking with a camera. Let’s jump right in: 4. GO EARLY / GO LATE My last list ended with an…

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July 17, 2018

A FIRM MODERATE STANCE

A FIRM MODERATE STANCE a pathetically cohesive rambling on the current political climate by Jeffrey Chitek How does anyone think they know anything?  True wisdom takes a great deal of flexibility and critical thinking.  You can educate yourself all you want, but with what tools are you receiving your education?  Be patient. Be kind.  Don’t get…

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July 17, 2018

Love for the Lubber

Love for the Lubber! by Nic Napoda One of my favorite insects can be seen not on our swamp tours, but on the drive there! Scattered all along Frontage Road during summer are thousands of huge Eastern Lubber grasshoppers, which can grow to over three inches in length. The name Lubber means clumsy or lazy,…

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June 22, 2018

Herons are Cool!

Herons & Egrets by Emma Reid Egrets and herons are birds that are obviously designed to wade about in water. Different species have different length legs, allowing each to search for food in different depths of water. Several also have peculiar behaviors associated with food gathering. The terms heron and egret are common names and…

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May 16, 2018

DUCK WEED

by Emma Reid Just floating on top of the water in our swamps is a large yet very small, diverse botanical world to discover. Our smallest native plant floating communities are called the Lemanceae. There are five genera, and despite all the local names, each genus has its own official common name: • Lemna – duckweed –…

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May 4, 2018

Chronicles of the Beale

by Jake Beale “Uhh, Jake, there’s a snake in our boat..”, said the startled man. Quick as Steve Irwin, I snatched the water snake into my hands and identified it as nonvenomous to the excited clients. I passed it the father of a little girl who attempts to have her handle it to no avail…

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May 4, 2018

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