Even though some impressive thunderstorms rocked Southwest Florida this week, the Six Mile Slough Cypress Preserve in Fort Myers is a dry, dry place. This might sound like a bad thing, but it’s a natural part of life in Florida for the slough’s wildlife. Around this time of year the ponds get very shallow and there’s no place for the fish, crabs, and other water creatures to hide from the birds and alligators. This creates a “feeding frenzy” where dozens of birds gather in small ponds to feast. (Read on for a photo gallery from the feeding frenzy!)
I talked to one visitor today. She comes every year from Ohio and stays on Sanibel. The slough has always been one of her favorite places. My new friend was surprised by the dry conditions. “You go away and you think everything is the same,” she said. “But it’s not.” Despite her surprise, the woman and her husband were enchanted by the slough.