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My Florida boy (AKA Hubby) is finally doing good on his promise to take me to the Everglades.   Thirty+ years later.   The closest I ever got were a Nazareth concert in Hollywood Florida in 1978 and a drive through it from St. Pete to get to a wedding in Tamarac many years ago.   We are doing a  paddling & camping (& birding, for me) trip.   I went to ebird to check the lists for Collier county and saw @Connor Cochranehas been busy down there recently. 🙂  I am hoping to see a Mangrove Cuckoo, but the Bar Charts are a little meh for December.   Even if I don't see anything new,  it should be a terrific trip. ❤️ 

 

 

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I'd love to help with the Mangrove Cuckoo but I still don't have one myself. Beyond that our recent trips into the Everglades were from the Monroe County side. We did do one several years ago before we moved here from Collier County but I can't say I remember any of the places we visited on the tour we took. Super fun tour though especially for a newbie to Florida. About the only thing I can suggest is keep an eye out for Crocodiles if you get near where ocean meets fresh water. We found one at I think the southern most point of the Everglades. I believe it still in Monroe County though. If you are at all interested in seeing a crocodile I can look up where we saw it. 

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1 hour ago, Clip said:

I'd love to help with the Mangrove Cuckoo but I still don't have one myself. Beyond that our recent trips into the Everglades were from the Monroe County side. We did do one several years ago before we moved here from Collier County but I can't say I remember any of the places we visited on the tour we took. Super fun tour though especially for a newbie to Florida. About the only thing I can suggest is keep an eye out for Crocodiles if you get near where ocean meets fresh water. We found one at I think the southern most point of the Everglades. I believe it still in Monroe County though. If you are at all interested in seeing a crocodile I can look up where we saw it. 

Sure!  Thank you.  Hubby has seen the marine crocodiles in Florida, but not I.   If we don't see one, it will be okay for this trip, as we are just going to "go with the flow" (no pun intended) and enjoy being off the grid.   I am unfortunately familiar with no-see-ums, as we have them here.  Hubby has warned me, though, that the the blood-thristy insect-to-human ratio is of many magnitudes higher in the places we will be going compared to our current neck-of-the-woods or any other wild place we have been.  We've got our netting and low-DEET repellant (to avoid breaking down the netting).  

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6 hours ago, floraphile said:

Sure!  Thank you.  Hubby has seen the marine crocodiles in Florida, but not I.   If we don't see one, it will be okay for this trip, as we are just going to "go with the flow" (no pun intended) and enjoy being off the grid.   I am unfortunately familiar with no-see-ums, as we have them here.  Hubby has warned me, though, that the the blood-thristy insect-to-human ratio is of many magnitudes higher in the places we will be going compared to our current neck-of-the-woods or any other wild place we have been.  We've got our netting and low-DEET repellant (to avoid breaking down the netting).  

I have found that some of the clothing that has insect repellent "built-in" has worked for me. 

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I decided to just to embrace the bugs when I was down in Florida. I didn't have any bug spray, and after a certain point one more bite wasn't going to make a difference. I think I came home with close to 80 bites on me (probably didn't help that I was wearing t-shirts most of the time). I would recommend bug spray if you have it, it definitely helps. 

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