Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Fakahatchee Tram Tour by Moonlight


A wood stork settles in for the night at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Submitted Photo

A wood stork settles in for the night at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Submitted Photo

The Friends of Fakahatchee will kick off their fall season of adventures with a moonlit tram tour of the park at 5 PM, Friday November 3. The two-hour naturalist led tour is on the “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park. The Fakahatchee is home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent.

The tour starts as the sun is setting, prime time for photography and spotting the park’s mammals and birds settling in for the evening.

The 24-passenger tram is high and dry and provides an excellent platform for viewing park features illuminated by moonlight. City-dwellers will be amazed at how their vision changes as their eyes adapt to the light the moon provides.

An experienced naturalist leads each tram tour and will demonstrate communication with denizens of the night, including fireflies, bats and owls.

The tram leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive. Janes Scenic drive is only accessible via SR 29 (between I-75 and US 41).

For complete information and required reservations at $35 per person, visit www.orchidswamp.org and click “tours and events.”

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