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Disturb the sounds of silence After navigating several more tunnels, we turned around in order to be back at our starting point in time to see the birds returning to the rookeries at sunset. As we approached the rookeries, fl ocks of birds, many of which we had seen on our trip - from ibis to egret and all shapes, sizes and colors of herons, passed overhead. It was here that I felt more than anywhere else on the journey, that we were in their world and that we had found the most natural way to experience this part of the Everglades. Wave after wave of birds kept coming as the sun slowly dropped below the horizon. The cacophony of sound was truly amazing as close to a thousand birds jostled for prime position. It was tough to imagine that this scene is played out night after night and I felt most privileged to experience it. At one with the environment Our guide was very informative, knowledgeable and enter-taining and clearly enjoys what he does and has a lot of respect for the eco-system. He exuded confi dence from the outset which was key to making this adventure safe, accessible and fun. The 3 hour round trip was well paced, the paddling was not too strenuous and our lack of expertise did not detract whatsoever from the truly memorable experience. It's hard to convey in words what a different tour this is; pictures defi nitely do a better job, but they still cannot get across the feeling of total tranquility and being at one with the environment that any lover of nature and wildlife will fi nd absolutely enchanting. Tours Depart 8:30am, 1:00pm and SunsetVisit or call239.695.3633 for more details 79

Aboard our dedicated kayak transport boat, your Captain and Naturalist Guide will safely and comfortably lead you on a personalized, interpretive ecological and historical tour into parts of Everglades National Park only the few get to see. The seven hour Grand Heritage and Birding tour of the Park culminates with sunset over the water.The Most Extensive Day Tour of the Park OfferedYou will intimately experience the 10,000 Islands, Everglades tidal rivers and fl ats, the infamous Wilderness Waterway, remote mangrove creeks and tunnels, coastal island beaches and remote historical sites in Everglades National Park.Experience Several EcosystemsEach day is different in this wonderful wilderness and so each tour will also be different. Your guide will be a full-time professional who is on the water most every day, so he/she will have the necessary experience to tai-lor the day's tour to take best advantage of the current local conditions, the season and where the wildlife has recently been seen. Historic Sites and Remote Barrier Island BeachesDeparting in the 10,000 Islands from Chokoloskee Island, typically we will travel up the Lopez River, through Crooked Creek, into Sunday Bay and then along the Wilderness Waterway above the headwaters of the Hus-ton River through Chevalier and Cannon Bays. Along the way we will make frequents stops at points of interest and comfort facilities... be sure to bring your lunch and refreshments to enjoy at a historic site (like the home site of "Bloody" Edgar Watson immortalized in Peter Matthiessen's book, The Killing of Mr. Watson), or on a remote bar rier island beach. Spectacular Birding & PhotographyOne of our favourite destinations for birding and photography is Wizard Creek, where the kayaks will be deployed. The Creek, which runs from the Gulf waters through the mangrove wilderness into the backwaters of the Wilderness Waterway, is one of the more unique areas within the western Everglades National Park and acts as a "super-highway" short cut for both fi sh and wading birds. It can be an absolutely spectacular area for birding and photography.Sunset Over the Water On the return trip, timed with the setting sun over the water, we will motor past Duck Rock Cove, the Three Sisters, Pavilion Key, Rabbit Key, and then back into Chokoloskee Bay. The boat trip alone is wonderful and a great way to experience the Park!80