Monday, August 5 2019

CREW Bird Rookery Swamp

The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is one of the places I visit regularly that's adjacent to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It has 12 miles trails that include an 1,800-foot boardwalk that's all that's accessible as I write this. Everything after the boardwalk is closed for protection of wildlife. I'm not sure what that entails but I hope it re-opens before too long.

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Sunday, August 4 2019

Janes Scenic Road

Janes Scenic Road was once a railroad bed for logging the Fakahatchee’s old-growth Cypress trees in the 1940s. Today, this unimproved narrow dirt road gives visitors access to a portion of Florida’s remaining subtropical wilderness in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. The Drive starts at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park’s ranger station and terminates 11 miles later at the boundary with Picayune Strand State Forest where it now ends.

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Tuesday, July 30 2019

Saltmarsh Morning Glory

The Saltmarsh Morning Glory is a solitary and funnel-shaped with five fused pink -to-purplish petals and a darker throat. Five greenish sepals cup the flower at its base. Sepals and stems are glabrous. Leaves are sagittate with long petioles. They are alternately arranged. Seeds are borne in globose capsules. Tendrils and underground rhizomes give the vine its vigorous mobility.

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Wednesday, July 17 2019

Buying Swampland in Florida

Picayune Strand was logged for cypress trees in the 1940s and 1950s. When the logging was done, the land was purchased by developers and drained for the construction of what was intended to become the largest subdivision in the world. This area became the setting for the infamous "swampland in Florida" scam. Potential buyers were shown the land from the air during the dry season, and many lots were sold to people who never saw their land from the ground. Few homes were built in the subdivision named "Golden Gate Estates" created by the Gulf American Land Corporation due to the lack of electricity and high summer water levels.

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Friday, July 12 2019

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary occupies approximately 13,000 acres in the heart of the Corkscrew Watershed in Southwest Florida, part of the Western Everglades. It is primarily composed of wetlands including the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in the world, which is the site of the largest nesting colony of Federally Endangered Wood Storks in the nation.

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