February Nature Club – The Bird Gardens of Naples
Date: February 10, 2022
The Bird Gardens of Naples
1060 Purple Martin Dr, Naples, FL 34120
Meet at The Bird Gardens of Naples at 10:45 a.m.
Lunch at Lozano’s Mexican Restaurant at Ave Maria, located at 5080 Annunciation Cir, Ave Maria, FL 34142
OPTIONAL PRE-EXCURSION WALK – if you like to get up early and would like extra walking, please, join me for a pre-excursion walk at the Corkscrew Sanctuary Boardwalk at around 9:20am. It is located only 5 min away from the Bird Garden. The address is 375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120. Admission is $17/pp.
Visitors will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back about 600 years. A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, and ferns. The forest is also home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, and raptors can be seen throughout the year, while the fabulous Painted Bunting is one of many winter visitors. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.