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.
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.
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!)
Images from Baltimore took over my Saturday night. The city stumbled toward a precipice after a day of mostly peaceful protests after the death of a man in police custody last week. Live Internet feeds showed groups of youths sprinting around the city smashing windows. Other groups held silent vigil, blocking traffic and generally protesting in a peaceful manner.
One of my favorite parts about living in Southwest Florida is the ability to see nature up close. This pileated woodpecker put on a show for visitors to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida. This woodpecker was surprising unfazed as onlookers watched him devour several insects, including a large grub. Check out the video below for a closer look.
There were four swallow tail kites flying over the Six Mile Slough preserve in Fort Myers today. These birds are pretty incredible. They dip and dive using the wind (which is where their name comes from). They’re numbers have been falling due to habitat destruction. While they’re not endangered nationally, many states are protecting them. This was the first time I’d seen more than one at a time. I hope they are beginning to nest at the slough.
If you go:
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Address: 7791 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Programs: Daily guided walk. 9:30 a.m. through April, then Wednesdays only