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On the trail

By Staff | Sep 5, 2017

With all the rain the area got this past week, it could prove to be a very interesting opportunity for nature lovers to see things they may not ordinarily see.

On Saturday, Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 will host a guided nature walk from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve, 10130 Bayshore Road. Volunteer naturalists will identify and discuss native plants, wildlife and birds.

Jason Boeckman, coordinator of the Conservation 20/20 program in Lee County, said participants can expect to see many wildflowers in bloom and birds hunting for insects in the aquatic vegetation.

“There are a lot of insects that collect off the surface of the water. The birds will come down to scoop up dragonflies and spiders,” Boeckman said. “The insects are feeding on the small organisms, which is typical for this time of year, but especially after all the rain.”

Boeckman said also that the fall migration of birds has begun, which means a chance to see birds you may not have expected to see.

“There is a chance to see migrating warblers, especially the yellow-throated warbler,” Boeckman said. “Some of the wildflowers include the moonflower and morning glory.”

Perhaps most important, the trail will be completely dry. The path is ADA accessible and completely paved and elevated so flooding won’t be an issue.

Improvements were made last year to the loop hiking trail, making it completely paved, allowing all people to enjoy nature, Boeckman said.

But, of course, with all the water, it is recommended people bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and some bug spray.

Boeckman said with summer coming close to an end, a new season of Conservation 20/20 nature walks is upon us. Starting in December, these lands will be holding these monthly guided walks through spring.

The walk is free and no registration is required. For additional information, call 204-1125 or go to www.conservation2020.org.