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.