Park Biologist Mike Owen led swamp walks in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park for members of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Florida Master Naturalist Program on October 27-28, 2007. The participants observed ten species of native orchids, many rare and endangered, as well as a great variety of bromeliads and ferns.
A swamp tour with Mike Owen is a special experience. Mike has worked as the park biologist at the Fakahatchee Strand for approximately 15 years. His exceptional knowledge and passion for Fakahatchee ensure that every participant leaves the swamp with new information and an increased desire to preserve wild Florida.
The logging industry ravaged the Fakahatchee Strand in the forties and removed most of the old cypress trees. Development led by Gulf American Corporation threatened the Fakahatchee Strand in the sixties and seventies. The Orchid Thief and others like him removed rare orchids and bromeliads in later years. A Florida State Park since 1974, the Fakahatchee Strand is now protected for future generations of vistors.
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