Nature & Wildlife

What earns Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades its Paradise Coast nickname are the estuaries, mangroves, cypress swamps, forests and beaches that are home to dolphins, birds, black bears, manatees and other wildlife. You never know what you may see when you explore the Paradise Coast’s natural side.

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    Christopher B. Smith Preserve at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

    The eight-acre Christopher B. Smith Preserve at Conservancy of Southwest Florida is an upland and scrub habitat.

  • Stone Crab 101: When, Where & How to Eat Naples Stone Crab
    Everglades City, located south of Naples and Marco Island at the mouth of the western Everglades, is the birthplace of the stone crab industry and the second-largest supplier of stone crab claws in th... Read More >
    In Search of The Green Flash
    Dusk at the Naples Pier, early June. Cool breezes have blown away the daytime heat and now fan the throng of people strolling the boarded walkway. Most have come for the sunset — a Naples pastim... Read More >
    An Everglades Adventure
    "Going west" usually means a rugged trek over bleached sands and through snow-capped mountains. If there's water, it's the austere Pacific. But in the Everglades, you'll find tha... Read More >
    Must-See Bird Watching in the Naples Area
    The morning began with a limpkin salute. It greeted us from the boardwalk railing at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, calling out its woeful song. Then the warblers came to life, bringing a cheerful no... Read More >
    Outdoor Adventures in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
    As Florida's final wilderness frontier – where Everglades wetlands meet the Gulf of Mexico, and mangrove forest meets beach – the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades area gives you wee... Read More >
  • Adventures in Paradise: Dolphin Explorer
    Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Join the team at the Dolphin Explorer and go on a boat tour to find and learn about the playful dolphins that call the waters around Florida's Paradise Coast their home. Learn more about how you can experience the Dolphin Explorer here: http://bit.ly/1GHbAqT
    Adventures in Paradise: Dolphin Explorer
    Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Join the team at the Dolphin Explorer and go on a boat tour to find and learn about the playful dolphins that call the waters around Florida's Paradise Coast t... - 3:28 Play
    Adventures in Paradise: Dolphin Explorer
    Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Join the team at the Dolphin Explorer and go on a boat tour to find and learn about the playful dolphins that call the waters around Florida's Paradise Coast their home. Learn more about how you can experience the Dolphin Explorer here: http://bit.ly/1GHbAqT
    Birds of Paradise
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    Birds of Paradise
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    Sea Turtle Conservation and Protection
    After 130 million years of existence, the future of these magnificent creatures depends on us. Join us as we go behind the scenes with The Conservancy of Southwest Florida to find out how their team t... - 4:30 Play
    Sea Turtle Conservation and Protection
    After 130 million years of existence, the future of these magnificent creatures depends on us. Join us as we go behind the scenes with The Conservancy of Southwest Florida to find out how their team tracks, conserves and protects the Sea Turtle population here on the Paradise Coast.
    Paradise Coast Artificial Reef
    The Reef Project funded entirely through grants and private donors, with no taxpayer funds, will have major impacts on Collier County’s ecology and economy. The recreational ecosystem will include 36 ... - 3:05 Play
    Paradise Coast Artificial Reef
    The Reef Project funded entirely through grants and private donors, with no taxpayer funds, will have major impacts on Collier County’s ecology and economy. The recreational ecosystem will include 36 artificial reefs, creating marine life habitats, increasing fish populations, and impacting the local fishing industry
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