Florida plans! Updated (although, may be adjusted)

So, I'm super excited about going to south Florida. Big time thanks to these folks for suggestions and advice: @susanhewitt @gcwarbler @joemdo @alisonnorthup @madisong @raulagrait @tpalmer @lovebirder @oddfitz @bennypoo

Here's the main agenda (with fabric store visitations as well)...

18 Jan, Fri
Get into Miami international at around 1 pm, start heading north...
Once Upon a Quilt, Stitchcraft, Sew Much Fun (quilt stores in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton)
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Stay in Boca Raton

19 Jan, Sat
Drive south
Bill Boggs Cape State Park on Key Biscayne
Castellow Hammock Preserve and Nature Center?
*look for Red-whiskered bulbul around South Glenver Heights
Stay in Homestead

20 Jan, Sun
Drive to Keys!
John Pennekap Coral Reef State Park
Stay in Marathon

21 Jan, Mon
Everglades!!! (hopefully not completely abused or trashed out from the gov't shut down...)
Stay in Homestead (or drive towards Naples in evening and stay there)

22 Jan, Tues
Drive to Naples
Flash Sew and Quilt (quilt store)
Collier Seminole State Park
Stay at Sanibel Island

23 Jan, Wed
Early shell hunting at Sanibel!
Three-Crafty Ladies (quilt store)
Hopefully more shell hunting throughout day...
Stay in Fort Myers

24 Jan, Thurs
Maybe jump back down to Sanibel...?
Quilt Lovers Hangout, Susie Q's Quilts and Sewing Center (quilt stores)
LaBelle Nature Park
Manatee Park
Stay again in Fort Myers

25 Jan, Fri
Drive to Clewiston
Taylor Creek Conservation Area?
Maybe stay around Lake Okeechobee

26 Jan, Sat
Pam's Fabric Nook, Quilter's Choice, Lara's Sewing and Quilt Shop (end of quilt shopping!)
Lake Park Scrub Natural Area?
Fly out in the PM...

That's the general agenda so far! It's a bit of a whirlwind of a trip, but I think it'll give me a good flavor of the different areas around South Florida. While my wife is in the fabric stores, I'll be around the ditches, getting some of the weeds and maybe some bugs. :) Hopefully the weather cooperates for the nature stuff. If I'm missing some crazy good nature spots, or some of my nature parks/spots should be skipped, PLEASE let me know! Oh, and if you know of any other fabric stores, please let me know that too. ;)

Using the observations from Jan, Feb, and December in this area for some ID help:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?month=1,2,12&nelat=26.940636858221612&nelng=-79.85941509111592&place_id=any&subview=grid&swlat=24.215863298237775&swlng=-82.54496211512753

Oh, and if you're in/around South Florida at this time, toss me a text!
817 771 8793

Posted by sambiology sambiology, January 11, 2019 03:20

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Jay Keller might have some suggestions as well since he moved to FL.

Posted by silversea_starsong about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Jay Keller has locations for almost all the spurges of south FL if you want to pick up any of those species.

Posted by nathantaylor about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Other places you should keep in mind:

When driving US 41 to Naples, stop along the various roads and trails at Big Cypress National Preserve. Drive Loop Road if you have the time.
Fakahatchee Strand (loads of orchids here!)...if you have time drive Janes Scenic Drive and get out and hike along East Main Trail. If not, at least pop into the boardwalk trail that is on US 41 next to an Indian camp.

Good call on Collier Seminole!

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples is also a must if you have time. Hopefully you are going to Ding Darling NWR if you are in Sanibel!

Around Lake O: Fisheating Creek in Palmdale, Dinner Island Ranch WMA

That last day, I wish you had more time to get up to Jonathan Dickinson State Park but it is probably out of your way. Sounds like it will be jam packed---I could tell you many more places to go! In general, if you see a green space on a map it is probably worth seeing! Enjoy!

Posted by oceanicwilderness about 1 year ago (Flag)
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You may have your Keys stuff already mapped out but if you like fish or key lime pie I totally suggest eating at SS Wreck and Galley in Marathon, it's soooo yummy - if you do, look around the western/left side of the building for Madagascar Day Gecko if you want, there was one that loves hanging out there in the fall! The area around Marathon proper is tough for naturalizing because places are closed either due to Irma damages or are just very pricey. If you can get into nearby Long Key SP or have time for it, I suggest it, the trail rocks (it used to be a loop but now you have to backtrack because the end is damaged, make sure you have shoes that can get wet).

If you go to Big Pine Key the Fred C Manillo Wildlife Trail has a super good little butterfly garden in the parking lot! But beware that the key is pretty big with long drives so if you aren't going near there at all, skip it. ;) But I had a great time standing there for two hours getting a nice variety (and a Key Deer came to visit).

Posted by beepboop about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Wonderful! Thanks everyone! :)

Posted by sambiology about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Hope y'all have a GREAT time!

Posted by troutlily57 about 1 year ago (Flag)
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Do they not have internet in Florida?

Posted by txlorax about 1 year ago (Flag)

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