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The Great Blue Heron (Ardea hernias)is a wetland bird that lives in the Slough year round. It is quite adaptable and can live in habitats like marshes, streams and lakes. The heron's range is from Florida to the coastline of Alaska. As a top preda…
Wetlands like the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve were once considered to be a nuisance to "progress". Many were drained and filled for agricultural and developmental purposes.
People have begun to realize that wetlands are valuable fo…
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,500 acres of wetland ecosystem, which measures 11 miles in length and averages 1/3 mile in width.
It is home to a diversity of plants and animals, a number of which are endangered. The preserve is an…
The Six Mile Cypress Slough has a diverse array of plants that occur in recognizable zones. Ecological conditions such as ground elevations, soil types and water depths determine the vegetation character of these communities. As you continue to tr…
As the sun sets, many animals prepare to sleep for the night...and others are just waking up.
Theses two "shifts" help predators avoid competing with each other for food and space.
While we are at home sleeping, night time at the Slou…
Gopher tortoise Gopherus polphemus
Length 8-15 inches (20-38cm)
Weight: Up to 30lbs (14 kg) average 8-10lbs (4-5kg)
Color: Adults are grayish brown, and juveniles area a yellowish brown.
Legs and feet: Front legs and f…
The coast provides nesting habitat for sea turtles and shorebirds. Sanibel is a rest stop for birds flying thousands of miles and seeking out some time to rest and feed along their way.
Ghost crabs burrow in the san…
Sea turtles have been swimming the Earth's oceans for more than 100 million years. They are air-breathing reptiles adapted to life at sea. They vary in size from the small Kemp's Ridley turtle that weights 100 pounds to the enormous leatherback tu…
Do you know how mollusk babies are born? Sexes are separate in most mollusks, but some will have both sexes in the same individual (hermaphrodites).
In other cases, such as in quahog clams and slipper snails, the mollusk undergoes sex reversal…
Shells are made by mollusks. A shell is the main source of protection from predators and the environment. There are more than 300 species of mollusks living in the shallow waters around Sanibel and Captiva Islands. These mollusks can be found livi…