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Birding Southwest Florida, Sanibel and the Everglades

Program Number: 11908RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/10/2013 - 2/15/2013; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Naples, Florida
Price starting at: $1,147.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover diverse birding habitats in the Western Everglades and Caloosahatchee Watershed. Boardwalks, beach paths and hiking trails help us penetrate swamps, pines, oak hammocks and mangrove forests to see wintering birds and native breeders. Twenty species of wading birds call Southwest Florida home, in addition to a variety of birds of prey, including bald eagles, swallowtail kites and the endangered Everglades kite. Purple gallinules and eastern burrowing owls are our rarer natives.




Highlights

• Walk the boardwalk at Fakahatchee State Preserve, looking for bald eagles, anhingas, ospreys and owls.
• Explore a wildlife refuge habitat to more than 220 species — including the colorful Roseate Spoonbill.
• Experience Tigertail Beach’s exceptionally tame plovers.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2.6 miles one day; other walks 1-2 miles over varied terrain.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Naples

Named for the Italian city and only two miles west of Picayune Strand State Forest, Naples is part of the Paradise Coast vacation area that includes Marco Island and the Everglades. The city is home to a thriving arts scene and nourished by its clean beaches and many championship golf courses.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with pool, fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
  Naples-Ft Myers 5 nights
 SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
Type: Hotel
  Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.
  Contact info: 3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/
  Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $129 - $189 Contact the hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $129 - $189 Contact the hotel directly.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm Shuttle leaves SWF Airport - 5:00 pm Orientation You will be staying at SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 noon ( Approx. airport arrival time) You will be staying at SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Yes - program provider's waiver.
  Parking availability:
Free at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Naples-Ft Myers
  Nearest highway: I-75
  Nearest airport:  Naples or Ft Myers
  From End of Program
  Location: Naples-Ft Myers
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Naples

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
World Events LLC
phone: 800-971-3884
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

One time shuttle from Ft Myers airport provided on first day ONLY for flights arriving no later than 2 pm. Shuttle Reminders: * Meet between 2:30-2:45 pm for World Events LLC shuttle departing the airport at 3:00 pm. * Meeting spot is on ground level at bottom of escalators next to baggage claim Carousel #8 * Departure shuttle on the last program day returns to the airport approx 12:00 pm Note: Return travel form for reservation

 

Naples

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
World Events LLC
phone: 800-971-3884
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

One time shuttle to Ft Myers airport provided on last day ONLY for flights departing no earlier than 1:30 pm. Note: Return travel form for reservation

 
Driving Directions
  If you are traveling from Fort Myers - RSW Hotel direction: 32 miles S Exit Airport to I-75 South. Follow I-75 to Exit 101/Collier Blvd. Left on Collier Blvd. Go two blocks past the interstate and turn right on City Gate Dr., turn right again on White Lake Blvd, the hotel is just ahead on the left.
  If you are traveling from Naples - APF Left out of airport on North Rd., right on Airport Road, left on Davis Blvd., left on Collier Blvd., right on City Gate Dr., right again on White Lake Blvd., the hotel is just ahead on the left.
Elevation Note: No elevation is above 100 ft

Equipment Requirements: Binoculars (Spotting Scope also recommended)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation/Dinner/Movie
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Afternoon: 5:00 PM Orientation at hotel prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: Big Cypress Movie
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit to Eagle Lakes Community Park, Freedom Park & Naples Beaches
(Monday, February 11)

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Early morning birding as a group around the restored Cypress Swamp in Eagle Lakes Community Park where a series of water management ponds host a variety of marsh birds including more Anhingas, Green Herons, Blue-winged Teal, a gorgeous drake Eurasian Wigeon and more.
 Lunch: Picnic style lunch at Eagle Lakes Park or other suitable location.
 Afternoon: Depart for Freedom Park and Naples Beaches.This is the place right in the heart of Naples for the nature lovers! This park include a 5-acre lake with approximately 3500 feet of boardwalk constructed throughout the park. Existing on the site wetlands have been restored via removal of exotic vegetation and planting of native species.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary with its impressive boardwalk trail.
(Tuesday, February 12)

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Early morning birding at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Passerines, herons and limpkins. Terrain includes old growth cypress swamp, freshwater marsh and pine flatwoods.
 Lunch: Picnic style lunch at Corkscrew or other suitable location.
 Afternoon: Field trip into agricultural area looking for crested caracaras and sandhill cranes. Terrain is modified cattle pastures, open prairie grasslands and roadside waterways.
 Dinner: Including review of day's birding and prospects for the following day.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Birding at Tigertail Beach County Park on Marco Island / Boardwalk at Fakahatchee Preserve "“the Amazon of North America.”
(Wednesday, February 13)

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Shorebird researcher led walk along Tiger Tail Beach, Marco Island. A large shallow lagoon there provides important wintering habitat for an array of shorebirds. Like much of the wildlife we will observe on the program, the birds here are exceptionally tame and include five species of plover. Tips on identifying those pesky LBJs and other shorebirds. Terrain sandy beach and coastal mangrove habitat.
 Lunch: Picnic style lunch at Eagle Lakes Park
 Afternoon: Walk Fakahatchee State Preserve looking for bald eagles, anhingas,ospreys, owls and raptors.The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park hosts a wide array of habitats and forest types from the wetter swamps and prairies to the drier islands of tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands.
 Dinner: Including review of birds seen and prospects for following day.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shore birding at Bunche Beach / Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
(Thursday, February 14)

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Early morning birding at Bunche Beach, a wonderful place to see hundreds of waders and particularly shorebirds (mostly in winter). All five plovers can be seen here as well as Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, peeps, and if you're lucky, Long-billed Curlew, Common Loon (in winter) and American White Pelican. Reddish Egrets are common. Rarities have included Surf Scoter and Pomerine Jaegar.
 Lunch: Picnic style at Bowman's Beach Park.
 Afternoon: Birding at Ding Darling. One of the first national wildlife refuges established in the USA is located on Sanibel Island and offers the birder an easy opportunity to view pelicans, wading birds including Roseate Spoonbills and shorebirds. There are birding platforms and overlooks (Red Mangrove Overlook) as well, where one may get lucky and see Mangrove Cuckoo (late spring through mid-summer at the area near the Red Mangrove Overlook). It is also one of the best places to view American White Pelicans in winter.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner with review of birds seen and prospects for following day. Also answers to Bird Quiz.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Six Mile Cypress boardwalk/Return shuttle to RSW Airport and back to the hotel
(Friday, February 15)

Note: As wildlife is unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast then hotel check-out.
 Morning: Birding along Six Mile Cypress boardwalk. Variety of warblers, woodpeckers, herons and possibly waterfowl. Mixed topography of open ponds and cypress swamp.
 Lunch: After Ft Myers airport shuttle will return to Naples hotel with remaining participants
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Complete Birder


Author: Jack Coonor


Florida's Birds


Author: Kate/Maehr/Karalus


How Birds Migrate


Author: Paul Kerlinger


Peterson Field Guides


Author: Roger Tory


Sibleys Guide to Bird


Author: David Allen Sibley


The Life of Birds


Author: David Attenborough




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