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Focus: Birding – This field trip will focus on the identification and biology of birds.
Field Trip Description: Approximately 180 species of birds have been identified at Naples Botanical Garden, making it one of Collier County’s top birding hotspots. Join Lewis Barrett, Native Plant Specialist, for a leisurely morning walk through both the designed and natural areas of the Garden – in search of wading birds, woodpeckers, and warblers!
Focus: Birding – This field trip will focus on the identification and biology of birds. Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide (if you have one).
Field Trip Description: Just starting out as a birder? Not sure what that big white bird in your backyard is? Then join us for an easy walk at a great birding spot. This trip provides an introduction to birding and tips on how to identify the most common birds in the area.
Focus: Wildlife – This field trip will focus on the wildlife, habitat and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.
Field Trip Description: Board a swamp buggy to explore the “off-limits” back country of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s north end. We will traverse several habitat types and will be on the lookout for the many birds of the back country, including hawks, warblers, ducks, sandhill cranes, wading birds, and more! We will also keep a lookout for other wildlife and learn about the management of this 13,000 acre sanctuary.
Focus: Speciality/Botany – This field trip will focus on the plants, habitat and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.
Field Trip Description: Join Big Cypress National Preserve Park Ranger Amy Washuta for a walk through cypress domes, pinelands and prairies to discover biological components of these unique plant communities. Learn to recognize differences in these communities, which occur with variations in climate, fires, flooding or human disturbance.
Field Trip Description: Explore a unique swamp forest with Park Biologist Mike Owen. The interior of the Fakahatchee Strand supports a rich growth of tropical plants. Many birds and animals inhabit the swamp; Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, , Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Common Ground Dove, Great Egret, White Ibis, Limpkin, Florida black bear, river otter, Everglades mink and the endangered Florida Panther. Since there is no path, participants wade through cypress forest and popash-pondapple sloughs in water from 1 to 3 feet deep!
Focus: Specialty/Cultural – This field trip will focus on human involvement in the area visited, incorporating education on the wildlife, habitat and ecology, and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.
Field Trip Description: Enjoy a tour through time with one of Rookery Bay Reserve’s certified interpreters. Traverse Calusa Indian shell mounds and amble through historic pioneer homesteads while learning how these early settlers survived in Florida by living off the land and sea.
Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center.
Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
Field Trip Description: The perfect end to a perfect day. Board a swamp buggy to explore the “off-limits” back country of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s north end. We will traverse several habitat types and will be on the lookout for the many birds of the back country, including hawks, warblers, ducks, sandhill cranes, wading birds, and more! We will also keep a lookout for other wildlife and learn about the management of this 13,000 acre sanctuary.
Focus: Specialty/Kayaking – This field trip will focus on the activity, incorporating education on the wildlife, habitat, and ecology of the area visited and is NOT primarily a birding field trip.
Paddle with Up A Creek Kayak Tours. Beginning in Goodland, this tour will explore 12 of the 10,000 Islands. You have to start somewhere! As you weave your way to the Gulf, enjoy observing the abundance of birds, dolphin, sea turtles and manatees that thrive in this pristine estuary. Wind conditions are usually appropriate to paddle to a barrier island for a swim, shelling or just to relax and unwind for a spell. Tour distance is 4.5 miles. All equipment provided. Kayaks are single sit-on-top kayaks. Basic paddling/canoeing experience required.
Field Trip Description: Can’t tell a gull from a tern? Do you think all shorebirds look alike? This trip for beginners is an introduction on how to identify and appreciate the most common birds found on our local beaches. This natural area is the second most valuable resting and feeding site for coastal waterbirds on the west coast of Florida and among the species we hope to see are Great, Snowy and Reddish Egrets, five species of plover (including Snowy and Piping), plus other shorebirds, gulls and terns.
Focus: Botanical- with an emphasis on exploring natural bird habitat.
Field Trip Description: An opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your guide and learn about: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, fishes, birds, and more. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet.
Field Trip Description: This late afternoon swamp buggy tour of the Refuge will take you through hardwood hammock, pine forest and parts of the northern extension of the Fakahatchee Strand cypress slough during sundown – a perfect time for wildlife viewing and photography. You will learn about Florida panthers and current efforts to restore the Florida Everglades’ critical ecosystem to its former pristine glory while traveling on the paths of Florida panther, black bear, deer, turkey and other wildlife that make their home on the Refuge. It is not unusual to see some of the 125+ species of birds and more than 25 species of mammals that share these lands. Be sure to bring your camera and/or binoculars.
Field Trip Description: Cast off for some great birding and cruise Rookery Bay on the Conservancy’s Good Fortune pontoon boat. Join us for a beautiful sunset cruise in search of nesting Bald Eagle and Osprey, terns, gulls, shorebirds and waders. Dusk brings thousands of Fish Crows, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, herons, ibis and other wading birds in to roost on a few mangrove islands in Rookery Bay. This is a true southwest Florida treat and a very popular outing.
Focus: Urban burrowing owls of Marco Island
Field Trip Description: Join University of Florida graduate student Alli Smith on a one-mile walk around Mackle Park to look for some of the 350 burrowing owls that live on Marco Island. Learn about the threats to their survival, and about current banding, research, and monitoring efforts by local citizen scientists with Audubon of the Western Everglades’ Owl Watch program. Bring a camera – these little birds have lots of personality! Other possible sightings include shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl.
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