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CALENDAR of EVENTS 4 SATURDAY Bird Rookery Swamp - 8 a.m. Take a stroll at Bird Rookery Swamp with Dr. Bernie Master. Learn the common birds, including winter residents and CREW nesters. See early songbird migrants as they pass through on their way north to breeding grounds. An internationally recognized conservationist, ESTATES LOCAL������������������������������������������������ Dr. Master has a birding Life List that includes more than three-quarters of the world’s bird species. Registration is required. Bird Rookery Swamp is located at 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd. W. For more info: www.crewtrust.org/events 21 SATURDAY Big Cypress Dark Sky and Astronomy Program - 7 p.m. Join the National Park Service for a FREE evening of dark sky education and celebration! View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States this winter by attending this free, ranger-led astronomy program at Big Cypress National Preserve. Presentation will include constellation tours and telescope viewing (weather permitting) of astronomical objects including stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets if seating is desired. Night temperatures can be cool so be prepared for weather conditions. The location is at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, FL 34141. 28 SAT - 29 SUN Swamp Buggy Races Experience the world’s muddiest races as swamp buggy vehicles speed around the track known as the Mile O’ Mud. This 67th season features the Jeeps, Air Cooled and Four Cylinders battling it out to reach the class finals on Sunday. Gates open at noon with racing beginning at 1 p.m. The Florida Sports Park is located at 8250 Rattlesnake Hammock Road, Naples. More information: www.swampbuggy.com 11 SATURDAY Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Swamp Walk - 9:30 a.m. Experience Corkscrew in a whole new way and visit a part of this pristine ancient cypress swamp that few have seen before. The 1.5 mile walk in the Old-Growth Bald Cypress Forest where water might exceed 3 feet in depth, on uneven terrain. The cost is $85 per person and participants must be 18 years or older. For more info, please email: corkscrewtours@audubon.org 18 SATURDAY Ave Maria’s Warmest Winter Ever - 3-6 p.m. Calling all royal ladies and gentlemen to Ave Maria’s for a warm winter wonderland event. The Ave Maria Development committee will host their Warmest Winter Ever II event in Ave Maria’s Town Center. Outdoor activities include horse and carriage rides, inflatables, karaoke, singing performances and meetand greet opportunities will be available with everyone’s favorite Snow Queen and Ice Princess 10 FRIDAY Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary After Hours - 5:30 p.m. Experience the world-famous Corkscrew boardwalk in the evening and participate in guided walks, educational programs and interpretive exhibits. The Sanctuary’s Blair Audubon Center and 2.25 mile boardwalk stay open until 9:00 p.m. Adult admission is $14 per person and is valid for two consecutive days. Your admissions ticket is good for the whole day on our After Hours program day, so you can come and enjoy the boardwalk in the daylight hours also! Or if you come to the After Hours program save your admission ticket and you can come back during the day on Saturday, too. The swamp is located at 375 Sanctuary Road W. For more info: www.corkscrew. audubon.org 16 THUR - 26 SUN Collier County Fair The 41st annual Collier County Fair will bring 11 days of carnival rides, food, entertaining shows and livestock exhibits to the Collier County Fairgrounds. Join us at the fairgrounds at 751 39th Ave NE, Naples, FL 34120. For more info: www.colliercountyfair.com JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH All dates and times are subject to change 22


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