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Take a nature walk at Powell Creek Friday

90-minute exploration of preserve to be led by a pair of master naturalists

January 9, 2019
By CHUCK?BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's that time of year again, when nature lovers from all over the country come to Southwest Florida to see the real Florida. Not just the beaches and palm trees, but the birds and native plants and even some threatened species.

On Friday, Lee County's Conservation 20/20 will host a guided nature walk at Powell Creek Preserve at 1560 Hart Road from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Two certified Florida master naturalists will identify and discuss native plants, wildlife and birds, according to Jason Boeckman, Conservation 20/20 coordinator.

The walk length is a one-mile elevated loop trail of crushed shell and grass path.

Possible wildlife sightings include wading birds such as the blue heron, warblers, woodpeckers, and gopher tortoises, which Boeckman said could be the most exciting.

"A native planting occurred at the preserve last summer to improve foraging habitat for the gopher tortoise, a state-listed threatened species. The plants included gopher apple and prickly-pear cactus. This improved habitat can be observed from the walk path," Boeckman said. "As a result of hat planting six months ago, we have documented some new burrows that did not exist before."

Last fall there was also a mechanical brush reduction of some pine trees in an area of the preserve. This helped so that too many pine trees would not shade out important gopher tortoise food source plants from growing, Boeckman said.

Since the native planting and pine reduction, several new gopher tortoise burrows have been documented at the preserve.

Powell Creek is a 77-acre preserve acquired by Lee County in 2003 as a Conservation 20/20 preserve.

Bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The nature walk is free and no registration required. There are no restroom facilities, but Boeckman said it is a great place to take a stroll.

"It's a nice stroll. There are a lot of neighbors who are regulars to the preserve to get exercise," Boeckman said. "It's especially pleasant in the morning and later afternoon. It has its own retention ponds, so it's fun to see wading birds and see nature."

For additional information, call 204-1125 or



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