By Chelle Walton
From the Tampa Bay quarter to Naples and the Everglades, this consultant covers all of Florida's coastal towns, cities, nature preserves, barren region parts, and shorelines at the state's western shore. info on watersports is given, plus info on eco-treks into gator territory, scorching air balloon rides, airboat tours, cycling trails, biking routes and historical strolling excursions.
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Its leaf fall provides rich and fertile muck; its branches, nests for local and migrating birds. Here the food chain begins with the tiniest crabs and ends with the birds, fish, and manatees who come to munch on seaweed or lunch on a half-shell. The cycle is ancient, and one can sense that in the quietly regenerating world of the mangrove estuary. Less brackish and freshwater systems are the domain of another ancient component of Florida wildlifethe alligator. Gnarly and tyrannasaurish, the American alligator survives and thrives in coastal rivers and particularly in the Everglades.
The island beach and marine communities, of course, are the most touted features of Gulf Coast Florida ecology. They introduce most visitors to the local environment with their shells, dolphins, pelicans, Page 5 shorebirds, sting rays, tarpon, and loggerhead turtles; but they are only the start. Most intriguing to nature lovers are the undersung estuaries, the nurseries that build islands and nurture aquatic life. Haunting, steamy places, they harbor a species of tree that seems to dance on spindly legsthe mangrove.
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