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SW Audubon hosts CREW Bird Rookery Swamp hike this Saturday

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Audubon of Southwest Florida invites you to join them in hiking CREW's Bird Rookery Swamp, on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. (You're welcome to continue your visit longer if you'd like.)

The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail offer 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, including an 1800-ft. boardwalk with wheelchair accessibility. A 1/4-mile crushed shell path leads to an 1800-foot boardwalk, then the trails become ground level, sandy/grassy relatively flat berms with swamp on both sides. The trails are actually old tram roads used when the area was logged many years ago. The maple-cypress swamp is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer and more. There is one port-o-potty at the beginning of the boardwalk and several benches along the trail within the first 1.5 miles. Beyond that there are no structures.

Please meet in the parking lot, and bring your binoculars, camera, and field guide.

Bird Rookery Swamp is located off Immokalee Rd (close to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary) at 1295 Shady Hollow Boulevard, Naples, FL 34120. Once on Immokalee Road (CR 846), travel 11.4 miles and turn left onto Shady Hollow Blvd. (one mile past the Oil Well Rd stoplight - Shady Hollow is where Immokalee Rd goes from 4-lane to 2-lane). Go to the end of Shady Hollow (approx 1.5 miles). Parking lot is on the right.

There is no fee for this field trip; however, donations are always accepted.

Please RSVP to Audubon of Southwest Florida.