Upcoming Bird Patrol Tours

Lee County Bird Patrol volunteers invite you to join them as they lead birding tours of the parks and Conservation 20/20 sites they monitor for Lee County. Bring your binoculars and visit these sites with people who know them best. All our tours are FREE of charge, although there may be a parking fee. Please note that the tours at Caloosahatchee Creeks, Prairie Pines, and Pine Island Flatwoods are nature tours that focus more on habitat.

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* Lakes Park Walking Tours
First Saturday of every month at 8:30 AM
This easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced Bird Patrol guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park, a Lee County birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Tours are FREE with PAID PARKING. Parking is $1/hour or $5/all day. Please arrive a few minutes after 8 A.M. for a brief intro and to sign waivers. Tours start promptly at 8:30 A.M. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars.

Located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, Fl. 33908. Please meet at Shelter A7. Enter Lakes Park gate from Gladiolus. Turn right. Drive to end of road, continue through the parking lot. Shelter A7 is located near the Train Station. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars.

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 February 18, Saturday 9AM Prairie Pines Preserve
This is a Conservation 20/20 Nature Tour. 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. From an ADA-compliant boardwalk, this stroll will traverse a seasonal marsh while learning more about the critters and plants that call this home. Tour is FREE. Meet in the parkiing lot. Visit one small section of a 2654-acre Conservation 20/20 preserve that includes nature trails, wildlife observation areas, and equestrian trails. Restrooms available.

* February 18, Saturday 8AM Bunche Beach
Experience one of the best birding sites in Lee Co. Located in So Ft. Myers off Summerlin Rd: Meet on the beach at the end of John Morris Rd. Parking fee of $1 per hour (tour approx. 2 hrs) at meter. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water. Restrooms in bldg at first parking lot. Tour is FREE with parking fee. 239-707-3015 

* February 25, Saturday 9AM Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve
This is a Conservation 20/20 Nature Tour. 6351 Stringfellow Rd, St. James City. Pine Island is the only place in Lee County where you will find naturalized Longleaf Pines.  Walk a 1.12 mile trail that leads you through low-growing saw palmetto, abundant grasses and flowering plants all characteristic of a healthy plant community shaped by fire.  Degree of difficulty is moderate.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Bring water, sunscreen, a hat (shade is scarce in some areas), binoculars and camera.  No restrooms onsite.  Tour is FREE.

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 March 3, Saturday 9AM Prairie Pines Preserve
This is a Conservation 20/20 Nature Tour. 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. From an ADA-compliant boardwalk, this stroll will traverse a seasonal marsh while learning more about the critters and plants that call this home. Tour is FREE. Meet in the parkiing lot. Visit one small section of a 2654-acre Conservation 20/20 preserve that includes nature trails, wildlife observation areas, and equestrian trails. Restrooms available.

* March 10, Saturday 9AM Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve
This is a Conservation 20/20 Nature Tour. 10130 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers. Traverse wetland, oak hammock, and pine flatwoods on ADA-compliant boardwalk and trail while learning more about the birds, butterflies, and plants that call this home. Tour is FREE.

* March 17, Saturday 9AM Prairie Pines Preserve
This is a Conservation 20/20 Nature Tour. 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. From an ADA-compliant boardwalk, this stroll will traverse a seasonal marsh while learning more about the critters and plants that call this home. Tour is FREE. Meet in the parkiing lot. Visit one small section of a 2654-acre Conservation 20/20 preserve that includes nature trails, wildlife observation areas, and equestrian trails. Restrooms available.

* March 24, Saturday 8AM Bunche Beach
Experience one of the best birding sites in Lee Co. Located in So Ft. Myers off Summerlin Rd: Meet on the beach at the end of John Morris Rd. Parking fee of $1 per hour (tour approx. 2 hrs) at meter. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water. Restrooms in bldg at first parking lot. Tour is FREE with parking fee. 239-707-3015

* March 24, Saturday 9AM Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve
This is a Conservation 20/20 Nature Tour. 6351 Stringfellow Rd, St. James City. Pine Island is the only place in Lee County where you will find naturalized Longleaf Pines.  Walk a 1.12 mile trail that leads you through low-growing saw palmetto, abundant grasses and flowering plants all characteristic of a healthy plant community shaped by fire.  Degree of difficulty is moderate.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Bring water, sunscreen, a hat (shade is scarce in some areas), binoculars and camera.  No restrooms onsite.  Tour is FREE.

* April 18, Wednesday 5:30PM Bunche Beach
Experience one of the best birding sites in Lee Co. Located in So Ft. Myers off Summerlin Rd: Meet on the beach at the end of John Morris Rd. Parking fee of $1 per hour (tour approx. 2 hrs) at meter. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water. Restrooms in bldg at first parking lot. 239-707-3015

* May 16, Wednesday 5:30PM Bunche Beach
Experience one of the best birding sites in Lee Co. Located in So Ft. Myers off Summerlin Rd: Meet on the beach at the end of John Morris Rd. Parking fee of $1 per hour (tour approx. 2 hrs) at meter. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water. Restrooms in bldg at first parking lot. Tour is FREE with parking fee. 239-707-3015

* August 15, Wednesday 5:30PM Bunche Beach
Experience one of the best birding sites in Lee Co. Located in So Ft. Myers off Summerlin Rd: Meet on the beach at the end of John Morris Rd. Parking fee of $1 per hour (tour approx. 2 hrs) at meter. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water. Restrooms in bldg at first parking lot. 239-707-3015