upcoming Bird Patrol tours
FYI on the upcoming Bird Patrol guided walks:
March 22, Saturday 8 a.m. Estero Marsh Preserve Guide: Pat Gladstone. Meet north end of Publix shopping center corner of US 41 & Island Park Rd in San Carlos Park . No trails or restrooms, some wading. Hike about 2 hours through saw palmetto, scrub, and black needle rush. Recent renovation work completed on site. More information: Pat Gladstone (239)992-6968
- April 5, Saturday 8 a.m. Estero Lagoon Preserve Guide: Charlie Ewell. Meet at Santini Plaza parking lot (in NW corner) just south of Holiday Inn on Ft Myers beach. Wear beach shoes for possible wading. Expect to walk 2 or 3 hours. Shorebirds, wading birds, gulls, terns, possible peregrine falcon. More information: Charlie Ewell 542-6007
- April 12, Saturday 8 a.m. Bunche Beach Guides: Bill Saunders and Iver Brooks . Located in So Ft. Myers off Summerlin Rd : Drive south on John Morris Rd until it deadends. Experience one of the best birding sites in Lee Co. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water. Meet in the parking lot. More information: Bill Saunders 454-1598.
- April 19, Saturday 8 a.m. Charlotte Harbor Buffer Preserve Guide: Judy Harvey. The site is located in NW Cape Coral west of the intersection of Old Burnt Store Rd & Durden Pkwy. From US 41, take Colonial Blvd(SR884) over the Midpoint Memorial Bridge (pay toll) to Cape Coral . Colonial becomes Veteran's Pkwy over the bridge. Follow Veteran's Parkway about 8 miles as it turns north & becomes Burnt Store Rd(CR765). Proceed north about 9 miles to Durden Pkwy. Turn left & head west to the end where Durden & Old Burnt Store Rd intersect. Parking is on the side of the road where Judy will be waiting in her red Bird Patrol vest. Expect to walk about 2 miles in 2 1/2 hours on a rough trail that may be wet. Bald eagles, hawks, warblers, wading birds. More information: Judy Harvey (239) 218-3467 At the www.birdpatrol.org site you can learn more about Bird Patrol itself: Lee County volunteers dedicated to protect, monitor, observe and educate our public regarding the contribution that birds make to the delicate balance of our ecosystem in the Lee County parks and Conservation 20/20 acquisitions.
Cape Coral, FL