Post Tagged with: "wildlife"

White pelican flyover at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary in Wellington

Wellington’s Peaceful Waters: Top birding spot, close to two good nature hikes

Peaceful Waters Sanctuary is an outstanding birding site and a particularly good destination for nature-starved folks from Broward and Palm Beach counties. It’s also close to two good places for 3-mile-long walks in natural settings.

Bicyclists ride through water at The Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Everglades Shark Valley 2016: Lots of water, much less wildlife

Whereas the waterways along the paved path in Shark Valley normally teem with wildlife in winter, this year gators and birds are harder to spot. You’ll see some — just not in abundance. It’s all a result of a very wet January and the South Florida Water Management District sending a flow of water through Shark Valley for the first time in decades.

St. Sebastian River

Nature gone wild: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

This 22,000-acre wilderness offers 60 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians through five thriving wildlife habitats. Six primitive campsites allow you to get away from everything, or camp near the preserve in a little-used county campground with river access.

Crystal River manatees: How to see, kayak or swim with manatees

Crystal River manatees: How to see, kayak or swim with manatees

The magic of manatees draws thousands to the Crystal River on the Gulf Coast each winter. Here’s a practical guide to manatee experiences in Three Sisters Springs and Kings Bay — kayaking with manatees, swimming with manatees or admiring them from a boardwalk.

Leoma Lovegrove’s Gallery and Garden in Matlacha.

Matlacha: Artsy, Gulf Coast spot for kayaking & nature

This out-of-the-way destination reminds us of artsy waterfront towns like Key West and Cedar Key. West of Fort Myers, Matlacha is a colorful collection of little wooden houses surrounded by good saltwater-kayak trails. Artists love this funky little village.

Live oaks arch over Telegraph Creek near Fort Myers, providing shade on sunny days.

Telegraph Creek: Unspoiled kayak trail worth discovering & not just for llamas

Telegraph Creek, a tributary of the Caloosahatchee River located between LaBelle and Fort Myers, is all the things I love about kayaking destinations – out-of-the-way, uncrowded, scenic, quiet and full of wildlife. You may even see zebra, llamas & big horn sheep!

Sunset at 'Ding'Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. (Photo credit: USFWS/George Gentry)

Sanibel Island in fall: ‘Ding’ Darling Days, Oct. 16-22, 2016

Fall is an ideal time to escape to Sanibel Island and if you can get away between Oct. 18 and 24, another excellent reason to visit is Ding Darling Days at J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Best RV and tent camping along I-95 in Northeast Florida

Best RV and tent camping along I-95 in Northeast Florida

Whether your coming or going, heading northbound or southbound, these state parks near I-95 in Northeast Florida are worthy of a layover for a couple of nights. Kayaking, hiking and pristine beaches in preserved natural habitats await you.

Flamingoes have returned to a remote site in Palm Beach County for nine years. (Photo by South Florida Water Management District.)

Flamingoes in Florida: Back for good? Birders can see them in spring

A flock of flamingoes, a bird rarely spotted in Florida, has returned to western Palm Beach County for nine years, and scientists think the flamingo may be back in Florida for good. Flamingoes migrate to the site in spring, when the Audubon Society manages trips to see them.

A not so shy Key deer approaches me on my bike.

Florida Keys wildlife: How to see dolphins, sea turtles, Key deer

Your drive down the Overseas Highway can be your own personal Florida Keys Road Trip for Animal Lovers. From endangered Key deer to colorful Key West chickens, here are eight places to delight in the animals and wildlife of the Florida Keys.