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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day from Photos from Florida! We hope you enjoy your day. Enjoy these photos of animal moms and babies from around Florida.


Four Reasons to Love Southwest Florida in the Fall

Southwest Florida is the definition of tropical. It’s the ultimate vacation spot and the spot every couple looks for in a honeymoon. Summer is drenched-in-sweat hot, but for the other nine months of the year it is a paradise. Here’s what we’re looking forward to as fall comes, temperatures moderate, and snowbirds return to Southwest Florida.

A storm rolls in over the lighthouse on Sanibel.
A storm rolls in over the lighthouse on Sanibel.

1. Long Walks on the beach – Fall and winter are the perfect times to hit the beach in Southwest Florida. While spring and summer feature the bathwater-warm water that some may seek, cooler temperatures in the winter give you a chance to explore. Many beaches in the area – Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bowditch Point, and Lover’s Key come to mind – have nature trails. Some places offer kayak or stand-up paddle board rentals as well.

Courtesy Lee County
Courtesy Lee County

2. Farmer’s Markets  – Farmer’s markets disappear when the weather heats up. The largest in the area is Friday mornings at Lakes Park in Fort Myers. The newest will be Saturday mornings at Florida Southwestern University (Formerly Edison College). Many of the markets include crafts and art as well as fresh fruits and veggies.

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3. Migratory Birds Return – Winter in Florida attracts all types of snowbirds – the literal kind. Shallow wetlands come alive and teem with aquatic life, which brings in all kinds of herons, egrets, and other birds. Winter is a great time to catch a glimpse of many birds, like the white pelican at the J.N. Ding Darling preserve on Sanibel, you don’t get a chance to see during the rest of the year.

Courtesy Mann Center
Courtesy Mann Center

4. Shows at the Mann –  Traveling broadway shows make their homes at the Barbara B. Mann Center in Fort Myers throughout the fall and winter. The 2015-16 series kicks off with the “Sound of Music” in January and features “Kinky Boots” and “Matilda” as well as several other show. Find the complete schedule on the Mann’s website..

Six Mile Slough Boardwalk Closing Temporarily

When kids feel tied to the community they will protect it and cherish it as their home.
An alligator glides through the water at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers.

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve boardwalk will close for up to a few weeks starting Monday, Aug. 17. The parks department will be pressure washing the boardwalk.

During the closings parking will be free at the preserve and the interpretive center and rock and stroll garden will remain open. The interpretive center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The center hosts educational opportunities and a selection of photo contest winners.

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Best of the Six Mile Cypress Slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers remains closed for renovations, but when it reopens it will remain one of the best places to find wildlife in Southwest Florida. What can you find there? Read on to find out.

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Roseate Spoonbill – Just Visiting

Slough spoonbill 2The Roseate Spoonbill is one of Sanibel Island’s most famous residents. It’s rares, however to see one outside of the shallow swamps of the island or the shoreline and lagoons. A pair of spoonbills made a surprise appearance at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers – several miles inland.

They weren’t alone. Along with the spoonbills, nearly 20 other birds – great and snowy egrets, little blue herons, tricolored herons, ibises, and black crowned night herons – packed Otter Pond at the slough.

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Southwest Florida Pit Stop: Southern Fresh Farms

A pit stop in racing is quick. It’s necessary, but a prolonged stay is unwise and unneeded. A Southwest Florida Pit Stop is a quick visit (less than 30 minutes) to a quick, fun, cheap place in the Fort Myers, Sanibel, Naples, Cape Coral area.

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