The News Press wrote an article about the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary this weekend. The main idea of the article focuses on the boardwalk tours and after hours events planned at the sanctuary over the next few months. There’s an underlying idea as well – go now, before all the tourists come back.
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.
My first visit to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. was a warm March day. It was part of a string of 90-degree days and I arrived around noon. As I walked through the first mile of the boardwalk I worried animals would be hiding out due to the extreme early spring heat.
When I came to the lettuce lakes I realized there was no need for concern. The lakes, deepened by a few nights of rain, were a cornucopia of egrets, herons, wood storks, snakes, turtles, and gators.
Southwest Florida is a haven for finding exotic birds. Here’s a collection of some of the best shots collected in the past few months. Most of these were taken at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve or the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Click below to check out the video.
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.