Day Two of 2022 Outdoor Adventure Camp led Holmes County 4-H to St. George Island. Mr. Chris partnered with several other Extension Agents from across the Panhandle to provide our 4-H crew with a day focused on marine biology.
Holmes County youth started the morning by participating in a fish identification game that challenged the youth to see how many freshwater and saltwater fish species could accurately be sorted.
The next session provided youth with the opportunity to get in water and learn how to use a seine net with Mr. Ray. After each turn, the 4-H’ers gathered around and evaluated the type and number of “catch”. A seine net is a fishing net that hangs vertically in the water with floats at the top and weights on the bottom edge. The ends of the net are drawn together to encircle the fish. Did you know that use of seine nets is well documented in ancient cultures and are even included in Egyptian tomb paintings and Roman literature?
Our last session of the day centered around the importance of oyster reefs. Mr. Erik helped us identify the other types of marine life in and around the shell clusters that often go unnoticed.
It was hot, but there were no complaints about exploring in the water!! It was a beautiful day on St. George Island!
To learn more about how your youth can enroll in Holmes County 4-H, call 850-547-1008 or visit the Facebook page at UF IFAS Extension Holmes County 4-H.