Birding with the Master: A CREW Strolling Science Seminar
- Travel & Outdoor
- CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trails, Naples
A CREW 25th Anniversary Event
Join CREW Land & Water Trust volunteer and Florida Master Naturalist, Dr. David Cooper, for this special spring butterfly walk at the CREW Marsh Trails. View and ID butterflies and dragonflies while enjoying a slow stroll thorugh the pine flatwoods, marsh, and oak hammocks.
Dr. Cooper is a fabulous naturalist, founder/compiler of Niagara County (NY)'s only annual butterfly census, founder of the Niagara Frontier Entomological Society, and a driving force behind the Grasslands Restoration Project in ArtPark in Niagra County, NY.
He is an avid learner, and a delightful teacher, sharing humorous stories throughout his interpretive walks and guided tours of CREW. Dr. Cooper has been a CREW volunteer for over 10 years.
The CREW Marsh Trails are part of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (owned by the South Florida Water Management District). These trails meander through pine flatwoods, along the edge of the marsh, to oak hammock and popash slough. The Marsh Trails are home to FL black bears, FL panthers, bobcats, limpkins, many songbirds, and more.
Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing, and bring water to drink. Sunscreen/hat are advisable. Binoculars are useful for identifying butterflies. Cameras are optional.
Limited to 20 hikers.
If you cannot attend the hike for which you register, please call 239-657-2253 or request a cancellation here on this site at least 24 hours before the walk is scheduled to begin.
These hikes are free, but donations to the CREW Trust are greatly appreciated.
Is there an age limit for the event?
This guided walk is for ages 12 and above.
What are the parking/facilities like at the trails?
There is a grass parking lot at the trailhead. There is one portable restroom at the trailhead.
What are the trails like?
The trails are mostly grassy/sandy ground level trails with some boardwalk sructures over wet areas. Expect seasonlly wet/muddy places on the trails during the rainy season (July - November).
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. You may give your spot to someone else. Be sure to change the information on your registration page or call us at 239-657-2253.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you may update your registration information up to 24 hours before the event.
Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?
No. We do not issue print tickets. Simply check in with the event leader at the time of the event.
Directions to the CREW Marsh Trails (4600 Corkscrew Rd. [C.R. 850], Immokalee, FL 34142): (Do Not use GPS)
From Naples/Bonita Springs/S. Fort Myers: travel I-75 N to exit 123 (Corkscrew Rd.). Travel 18 miles east on Corkscrew Rd. You will pass the Cypress Dome Trails. Go another 4 miles and you will see the CREW Marsh Trails on your right. Look for the brown trailhead signs.
From N Ft. Myers/Charlotte Co./Lehigh Acres: travel I-75 to exit 138 (the ML King/S.R. 82 exit). Travel east on SR 82 toward Immokalee for 20 miles. Watch for a small blue CR850 sign, then turn right on C.R. 850 (Corkscrew Rd.). The Marsh Trails are ~2 miles down the road on your left. Look for the brown trailhead signs.
The CREW Land & Water Trust was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization to coordinate the land acquisition, land management, and public use of the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. We work closely with our partners, the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure the protection of the watershed. This watershed, the largest intact watershed in south Florida, straddles Lee and Collier Counties and provides aquifer recharge, natural flood protection, water purification, preservation of wildlife habitat, and public recreation. CREW's majestic 5,000-acre marsh is the headwaters for the entire watershed.
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