Watch a Butterfly Release!

Meet the friendly folks over at the Florida Native Butterfly Society!

Their 3,615 square-foot glazed glass butterfly house is the only facility of its kind that is dedicated to the safeguarding of our incredible and diverse native butterflies of Southwest Florida. Their primary goal is to educate guests on the importance of building butterfly habitats and protecting our natural environment wherever they may reside.

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Working Waterfront Tour

On your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, how about taking a unique Working Waterfront Tour in nearby Fort Myers Beach?

Learn about Florida’s “pink gold” in this three-hour tour of the local shrimping industry. Visit commercial fishing docks, see how boats are unloaded and learn how the seafood is processed in this presentation by the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.

Tours are scheduled for every Wednesday,  » Read more

Add to Your Bucket List!

“Paddle the calm waters to follow in the wake of the people of the Calusa tribes. Get inspired at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Take time to go fishing, shelling, birding or island hopping and fully appreciate this natural haven. Marvel at dolphins jumping in the rolling waves and pelicans diving in the surf for breakfast. Spot endangered West Indian manatees meandering through the mangrove-lined back bays and estuaries.”
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Saturday Morning Bird Walks


The unmistakable American Oystercatcher. Photo by France Paulsen.

The secretive and hard-to-see Piping Plover. Photo by France Paulsen.

From the Santiva Chronicle:

At one end of the viewing spectrum sits the American Oystercatcher, unmistakable for its beauty and as easy to pick out as a Roseate Spoonbill. At the other end of the spectrum sits the Piping Plover.  » Read more

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