Naples and Vicinity #2

The Naples area is noted for its focus on wildlife and nature. We experienced several of the region’s activities which highlight a concern for the environment. One excursion was to the Corkscrew Sanctuary, a pristine tract of land in North Naples dedicated to conservation and environmental education. The 2.2 mile trail along an elevated boardwalk exposes visitors to the flora and fauna of the region in their natural surroundings. Some of the creatures we saw on our¬†walk include the Yellow Rat Snake, pointed out to us by a volunteer ranger, and several alligators,¬†including the one pictured below:

Florida Alligator

Florida Alligator

We were fortunate to see a mother Barred Owl and her two owlets.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Florida is noted for its beautiful wading birds. We saw two of the most distinctive along the walk. One was the Great Blue Heron, pictured below.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

The other tall member of this large bird group is the Great Egret, a stunning white bird with gorgeous plumage.

Great Egret

Great Egret

On our last full day in Naples we visited the Sanctuary of Southwest Florida, an amazing complex in the middle of the city which is also dedicated to conservation and education. We took a boat ride along the canals.

Boat Ride along Canal

Boat Ride along Canal

The ride was leisurely and pleasant but we did not spot much wildlife on our trip. We did manage to get a close-up of an Anhinga drying his feathers in the sun.

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

 

 

 

 

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