E37. Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Nearest City: Estero
Phone Number: 239-992-0311
Website: E37. Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Features/Amenities: Birding by boat, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: All day, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Freshwater Swamp, Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Mangrove Swamp, Pines, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Scrub, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest, Marine/Bay, Salt Marsh, Mudflats
Bring lots of water and let the 9.5 miles of trails at this site take you through many habitats, including pine flatwoods, oak scrub, mangrove swamp, coastal dunes and isolated cypress domes. The Estero River borders this property on its south end (bring your canoe!) and the trails wind through protected land leading out to Estero Bay. Just about any group of birds you could imagine has habitat here: waders and terns at the bay; kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers at the river; woodpeckers, hawks and sparrows in the flatwoods; warblers in the cypress domes. Swallow-tailed Kites cruise over during spring, and Bald Eagles are a known breeding species. Call ahead for ADA trail access.
Directions: From intersection of US 41 and Broadway Rd. in Estero, drive 1.4 mi. west on Broadway to trailhead parking on right.
Open all year, 8 a.m. to sunset.
Location: 26.441865, -81.834415