OSPREY, FL (February 10 2016) Sighting nesting eagles was part of the fun when Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast recently hosted two morning nature walks at Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass. Participants slogged through water-covered trails, eager to sneak a peek at a nature preserve not yet open to the public. Conservation Foundation biologist Lee Amos led the hike, explaining difficult wild land management practices, and Calusa Land Trust members added details about Pine Island’s unique conditions. The Calusa Bird Club brought a scope for better viewing of many birds, counting 29 species including the nesting bald eagles. Pine Island Preserve is not yet open to the public, and Conservation Foundation shared their timeline for natural restoration, development of nature trails, and creation of a parking area. The Preserve will open sometime in 2017. To learn more, visit www.conservationfoundation.com.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, preserving those special natural lands that make our region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, they protect the character and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land preservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties.