Eco SUP Tours - Nature Paddles

Enjoy a viewpoint that cannot be seen from a boat, kayak or canoe as you stand up paddle the most biologically diverse estuarine system the continental United States has to offer.  Lined with Florida’s true native, the mangrove, the Indian River offers a majestic and enlightening environment like no other.

Blue heron sighted during a paddleboard nature tour.Home to one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere in America, sightings of giant blue heron, wood stork, bald eagle and the beautiful roseate spoonbill, to name but a few, are just some of the delights you might encounter on one of our paddle tours.

The cooler fall temperatures bring with it clear water and the bird’s eye view you gain from the stand up position of paddle boarding gives an opportunity to spy Red Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, Common Snook, the more formidable Tarpon and many other species of fish that are resident in this system.

One might be lucky enough to experience the magic of an encounter with dolphin or manatee in their natural environment.  Maybe you’ll come across the enormous Florida state shell, the Horse Conch, or simply just enjoy the wonders nature brings to us along this amazing waterway.

What are you waiting for? Book your paddle board tour with us!

 

Close up view of a Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbills

Spoonbill in the top of tree in a mangroveSightings of the Roseate Spoonbills are being made right now in the river as they return in large flocks to our area.

One of the most striking birds found in North America, also known as Flame Bird, the Roseate Spoonbill gets its vibrant color from a diet rich in shrimp. The Roseate is a large wading bird with a distinctive spatulate bill, not to mention its beautiful pink coloring, they stand 85cm tall and have a 1.3m wingspan.

These birds inhabit marshes, swamps, ponds and rivers within their range; they breed and travel in flocks. The Florida population prefers to nest in red and black mangroves, sometimes in conjunction with wood storks and herons all of which can be found in the Indian River waterway.

At the turn of the century the gorgeous pink feathers found on these birds were highly sort after for use in the creation of ladies’ fans, leading to the decimation of so many species of wading birds, including the Roseate Spoonbill. By the 1930s the once thriving Florida population had dropped to an historic low of 30-40 breeding pairs. Once they gained full legal protection from hunters this species began to rebound and now over a thousand pairs nest in Florida.

Come see them for yourself and enjoy a paddle tour with us!

White Pelicans are rare and spend their winter months in New Smyrna Beach Florida

White Pelicans

White pelicans spend the winter months, that's December through March in Florida before travelling north to nest in the mid-west and central Canada.

These magnificent birds have a wingspan of 9 feet, making them the largest migratory bird in Florida. Unlike the brown pelican these expert fisherman do not plunge dive, but rather, they use a coordinated feeding strategy and swim in a line or half circle, ‘herding’ fish towards the shore. Two groups of pelicans will sometimes ‘herd’ fish towards each other.

Catch a birds eye view of one of our amazing Winter pleasures during a paddle board tour with us.

Photo of White Pelicans near New Smyrna Beach with lighthouse in the background

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