South Florida outdoors notebook: Aug. 6, 2014

08/06/2014 6:57 PM

08/06/2014 6:58 PM

•  Compete in the Tracy K Events Charity Dolphin Tournament on Saturday out of Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 per boat for up to four anglers. Eligible species are dolphin, tuna, wahoo and kingfish. For more information, call 786-429-3193 or visit www.Floridadolphintournament.com.
•  Test different kinds of paddlecraft rowboats, standup paddleboards, dragon boats, surf skis and kayaks — at a free open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at Miami Rowing and Watersports Center, 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. For more information, email info@miamirowing.org.
•  The Monica Burguera Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, will conduct a free boating safety class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Miami Children’s Hospital’s main auditorium. To register, go to www.mbfBoatingSafety.org or call Henry Cespedes at 305-428-2453, Ext. 2, or email fsope@flotilla67.org.
•  Have a lot of fun and contribute to important tarpon research in the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, held Saturday through Aug. 16 and Aug. 16-23. Anglers will join UM scientist Jerry Ault and fly-fishing great Stu Apte on the flats of northern Belize to catch, implant satellite tags and release tarpon. For more information, email Adam Marton at adam@amfilms.tv or call 312-440-1200 or Steve McLaughlin at Front Range Anglers at 303-494-1375.
•  Compete in the “Land Your Lure” casting competition Sept. 13 in West Palm Beach for a chance to win $10,000. The contest will be held at the Feast of the Sea seafood festival on the West Palm Beach waterfront from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The field is limited to 100 competitors. Register at http://feastofthesea.com/10k-casting-competition.
•  Make plans to attend the Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival on Sept. 23-28. Events will be held in Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, including birding field trips, lectures and workshops. Headquarters is Curry Hammock State Park, mile marker 56.2, U.S. 1 in the middle Keys. Preregistration is strongly recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.

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