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Six Mile Cypress Slough - Photos

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a fairly large wildlife refuge, mostly within the city limits of Fort Myers, Florida.

It is about 34,000 acres of Cypress swamp, with a 1.2 mile long boardwalk. The boardwalk allows people access to areas of the swamp that would otherwise be completely inaccessible.

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The Six Mile Cypress Slough (pronounced “sloo”) is over 3,400 acres of wetland in Fort Myers, Florida, that measures approximately 11 miles long and 1/3 mile wide. This linear ecosystem is home to a diverse population of plants and animals, including a few considered to be endangered. The Slough also serves as a corridor for wildlife by providing a safe route of travel.

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These are just a few pictures from my visit on Thursday. .

While it is a great area for what is an almost “city park”, it is also surprisingly quiet, almost devoid of wildlife. We saw one alligator (same one in both pics below), a cottonmouth snake, a few heron fishing, and a couple dozen other birds in 3-4 hours at the park. There are also quite a few Ibis that come in to roost toward dusk.

It must have been absolutely teeming with wildlife 200 to 1,500 years ago. Now a little “stand-alone” preserve surrounded by freeways and condos, with a heavy human presence, can’t replace large areas of contiguous habitat. As an example, I saw a post from Badlands National Park on Twitter the other day that said there were 1.5 million wolves on the Great Plains at the time of the buffalo. But we have enough other daily concerns & stressors just reading the news today, so I will share the images without more editorial comment. :)

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I assume we will also have a separate Gallery post today from the Photography Kinja blog? This isn’t a replacement for the gallery, but feel free to share your own images here in the meantime if you like.

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