Everglades National Park Wildlife & Photo Expedition, Chokoloskee, FL
Experience ID: 422
Everglades National Park Dolphin & Wildlife Expeditions offer visitors a leisurely ride through the Everglades National Park's 10,000 Island coastal ecosystems.
The Birding, Wildlife and Photo Expedition is essentially a two part adventure. The first part is a boat exploration of the 10,000 Islands where you will learn about the Everglades ecosystems, its history and rich culture. On the second part, the guide will beach the boat and take you on an interpretive stroll on one of the Park's many uninhabited barrier islands. These islands were for 1000's of years the home of the Calusa Indians and after them came settlers that carved out hard scrabble homesteads and fish camps. For the most part, the untrained eye of a casual visitor would not see the signs of these long vanished people; however, the naturalist guides can and will show them to you. Expect lots of learning opportunities in and around the tidal flats, tidal pools, wrack-lines and beach dunes. Although you cannot harvest, the shelling is deemed by most to be extraordinary.
- 3.5 hours
- Great for all ages and experience levels
- Maximum participants: 6
- Price for children under 12 years old: $79
- Departure time: 9:00 & 13:00
- The boat, limited to six passengers with comfortable seating, is a large, stable platform for birding and photography. There is space for a camera tripod so you can bring large telephoto lenses.
What about the alligators?
The Everglades Area is famous for alligators. However, the alligators are not a problem for guests. They keep a safe distance away and so do you. They are fond of fish and fowl. A person in a kayak simply does not resemble anything close to a wading bird!
What can I realistically expect to see?
It is nature and it is wild. Every trip is different. Some days, participants are fortunate to see a lot of wildlife, some days less. That is up to Mother Nature. However, all the guides are experienced outdoors men and women, naturalists and educators. They will have a handle on where the wildlife is on a any given day, but you can view only what is there. Most days, participants can see ospreys, various breeds of herons and egrets, pelicans, numerous species of shorebirds and raccoons. In most of the trips, in the warmer months, manatees are typically spotted from the transport boat. However, guests also commonly see dolphins, rosette spoonbills, bald eagles, various hawks, white pelicans, owls, sea turtles, kites and black vultures. Participants have seen wild hogs, bobcats, white-tail deer and even black bear on some occasions from the kayaks. You really never know until you are there!