2011 Southwest Florida Trip

In 2011, Central Colorado Conservancy hosted a nature tour of Southwest Florida. Executive Director, Andrew Mackie spent seven years working in the Western Everglades and was very familiar with natural areas. He created an exciting itinerary including locations such as Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Andrew also arranged presentations from local experts from Florida Gulf Coast University and the South Florida Water Management District. The group listed 108 bird species and other exciting encounters such as bottlenose dolphin, American alligator and river otter.

Great Egret ©Andrew Mackie

Great Egret ©Andrew Mackie

Land Trust Group in Southwest Florida ©Mary Cuyler

Land Trust Group in Southwest Florida ©Mary Cuyler

Anhinga ©Andrew Mackie

Anhinga ©Andrew Mackie

American Alligator ©Andrew Mackie

American Alligator ©Andrew Mackie

Swamp Walk Fakahatchee Strand Preserve ©Mary Cuyler

Swamp Walk Fakahatchee Strand Preserve ©Mary Cuyler

Barred Owl ©Andrew Mackie

Barred Owl ©Andrew Mackie

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Boardwalk ©Mary Cuyler

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Boardwalk ©Mary Cuyler

Tricolored Heron ©Andrew Mackie

Tricolored Heron ©Andrew Mackie

Black Vulture©Andrew Mackie

Black Vulture©Andrew Mackie