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Fun Facts About Spanish Moss Seen on an Airboat Ride in Fort Lauderdale

Fun Facts About Spanish Moss Seen on an Airboat Ride in Fort Lauderdale

Imagine the adventure of taking an airboat ride in Fort Lauderdale, deep into the stunningly beautiful Florida Everglades. Experience the sensation of traveling back in time as you glimpse an alligator breaking the water’s surface or catch the shadow of a great blue heron flying overhead.

Long, thick bundles of gray-green Spanish moss hang from cypress trees, filtering the sunlight like lace curtains. The moss shelters bats, reptiles, and amphibians. Birds gather it for their nests.

Spanish Moss – One of 16 Bromeliads Native to Florida

The plant known as Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides, Family Bromeliaceae, is not a moss but rather a perennial herb, a type of bromeliad in the pineapple family and one of 16 bromeliads native to Florida. It is found throughout Florida and is often called Florida moss, possibly because the state has more of it than any other. It is also known as graybeard or long moss. It grows in the southeastern United States from Virginia to Texas and then as far south as Central America. Geographically, it is more widespread than any other bromeliad.

Well Adapted to the Climate of the Everglades

Tillandsia usneoides wraps its stems around other plants but does not take any nutrients from them. Instead, scales on this rootless epiphyte trap nutrients and water from the air. Although it thrives in moist environments like the Everglades, Spanish moss can survive dry conditions because of its ability to hold water. If your airboat ride is in the springtime, you may spot a single, fragrant flower on some of the plants. New plants grow from seeds or small pieces of the plant and spread when carried to a suitable location by wind or birds.

Commercial Uses of Spanish Moss – Past and Present

In the early 1900s, Spanish moss was collected by hand, then dried and baled. It was sold to be used as stuffing for mattresses, furniture, and automobile seats. Today it is used as mulch and is popular with florists who use it in design work and to decorate plants.

Experience the Everglades on an Airboat Ride

The best way to see the enchanting display of Spanish moss and other unique plants and animals that thrive in the Everglades is by airboat. Cypress Outdoor Adventures provides safe and enjoyable tours for guests of all ages. Call us today at 954-260-1096 to reserve your seat, and experience the Everglades in an unforgettable way.

What Wildlife Can You See During an Airboat Ride?

What Wildlife Can You See During an Airboat Ride?

Fort Lauderdale has a unique ecosystem being by the famousFlorida Everglades. That gives you the great opportunity to explore the natural beauty when you’re in the area, especially on an airboat ride to guide you through the Everglades. Here are some of the animals that you can see on an airboat ride Fort Lauderdale.

Deer: There is a lot of vegetation in the area, and many deer make it south to Florida to enjoy the weather and food. They are similar to deer in other areas, but they are even smarter because of the increased amount of predators. You’ll see them running into the wilderness when you get close.

Snakes: The area is home to rattlesnakes, East Indigo snakes, Florida King snakes, the Eastern Diamondback and Rough Green snakes. Some of the species are known to be dangerous, so be careful! Luckily, your tour guide, Captain Bill, is able to educate you on which ones are dangerous and what to do if you come across one of them. Thankfully, the wildlife tends to stay at a distance whether poisonous or not, and we maintain our distance from them as well.

Wading birds: The Everglades is a great place for wading birds to perch and wait for food. Two of the most popular species are the crane and the heron. There are over 350 species spotted in the area throughout the year, though, so you are sure to see quite the variety. Despite how many species there are, the wading birds are becoming more and more scarce. Talk to your guide to learn what you can do to help. Captain Bill has a wealth of information when it comes to conserving the Everglades.

Turtles: Turtles roam the waters looking for food. They match very well in the green environment, but they are quite abundant. These turtles live for a very long time and move very slowly. They live on land but are able to breathe underwater for a very long time.

Alligators: This is the one that we were all waiting for! Alligators are the main attraction during airboat rides. These prehistoric animals hide underneath the water, so be sure to keep your eye out! Alligators are an important part of the ecosystem, and they help balance the wildlife populations.

There’s No Adventure Like an Airboat Tour of the Everglades! Book Yours Today! Call Cypress at 954-260-1096 for a private airboat tour of the Everglades by a professional company who knows how to make the natural come to life in a safe environment. You can’t come here without checking out the a great airboat ride Fort Lauderdale, so here is your chance to do it!

How Your Sugar Consumption Affects What You See on a Sunset Airboat Tour of the Everglades

How Your Sugar Consumption Affects What You See on a Sunset Airboat Tour of the Everglades

500 sheets of high-quality watercolor paper. A baby hippopotamus. 17 gallons of milk. What do all of these things have in common?

They each weigh less than the 152 lbs of sugar each American consumes per year on average.

Unfortunately, sugar production takes massive amounts of land and water, and it has been particularly disruptive to the natural ecosystems it displaces.

Is our appetite for sugar threatening the Florida Everglades?

History of the Everglades

Lake Okeechobee releases water every wet season into the River of Grass we call the Everglades, feeding the two million acre subtropical wetlands. Home to over 360 species of bird, including the endangered word stork, snail kite, and Cape Sable seaside sparrow, as well as alligators, crocodiles, and diverse plant life, the Everglades supports an ecosystem that dearly needs its home.

The Everglades has been the subject of conservation efforts since the 1940s, a point at which its rich and delicate ecosystem had already long been in jeopardy. Human interference in the Everglades has been shaving away at its natural state since the 1800s, and that’s showing no sign of stopping.

Sugar Industry and the Everglades

Sugarcane cultivation requires warm climates, which, in 1920, marked Florida as an ideal candidate. The Sugar Act of 1934 and the loss in imported sugar after the Cuban Revolution pushed sugar cultivation into the Everglades, taking land and polluting water with phosphorus that feeds invasive plant growth.

What Can We Do?

Conservation efforts by the Florida government are already underway, but there are more ways for individuals to help:

  • Cut down on sugar consumption.
  • Switch to products like agave, honey, stevia, xylitol, and other natural replacements for sugar to cut down on the demand for sugar production.
  • Support environmental groups. Many environmental organizations are working to restore and protect life native to the Everglades. To succeed, these groups need community sponsorship and support.
    • Friends of the Everglades
    • The Center for Biological Diversity
    • The Everglades Coalition

See the Natural Wonder of This Beautiful Area on an Airboat Tour of the Everglades

Reading about the Everglades is one thing. Experiencing them on an airboat ride is another. Appreciating in person the natural beauty we have is the biggest personal connection we can forge with the land and helps reaffirm our commitment to the land we seek to protect.

An airboat tour of the Everglades offers an opportunity to meet the River of Grass and to go home with a renewed commitment to its ecological conservation. Fall in love with this vibrant place as we work to keep it alive for another generation to visit. To take an airboat tour of the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, call Captain Bill at Cypress Outdoor Adventures today! 954-260-1096

All About Saw Palmettos in the Everglades

All About Saw Palmettos in the Everglades

The Florida Everglades is known for its diversity of plant and wildlife, including the iconic saw palmetto. Putting down roots in the Florida Everglades is not easy, but somehow the Saw Palmetto thrives in the glades unique conditions. Perhaps it is because the Saw Palmetto, a fan-shaped palm, is so hardy itself. The long-living plant produces leaves that have fine, sharp teeth and are capable of breaking the skin, hence the name “saw.”

The saw palmetto takes up residence in Everglades’ hammock and pineland scrub areas, which are known for their porous soil. Though they are trees, saw palmettos rarely grow upright; instead their trunks grow horizontal to the ground, and the plant grows in clumps along the ground.

Saw Palmettos Provide Food and Cover for Wildlife

While uniquely beautiful with it’s silver-green, slow-growing, fan-shaped fronds, the saw palmetto serves an important purpose for the wildlife of the Florida Everglades. The plant’s fruit, sometimes called the “swamp grape” feeds a variety of animals, and even, historically, humans.

The black bear relies heavily on the fruit, which resembles dark blue grapes, and it also eats the plant’s young shoots. In dry times, the fruit is vital eating for white-tailed deer. There are certain moth larvae that feed only on the Saw Palmetto.

In addition to use as a food source, a variety of animals use the plant for cover because it has such dense growth. Birds including the endangered grasshopper sparrow and the Florida scrub jay seek protection in palmettos. The Florida burrowing owl, sandhill crane, and the crested caracara also take refuge amongst its leafy fans.

See Saw Palmettos on an Airboat Ride in Fort Lauderdale

Because of its marshy makeup, exploring the Everglades is not easy, but we get you close to the action with our airboat rides. The unique design of airboats makes it so you can see the Everglades’ and the Saw Palmetto up close and personal. Call Captain Bill of Cypress Outdoor Adventures at 954-260-1096 to set up your tour and adventure today.

Migrating Birds in the Everglades

Migrating Birds in the Everglades

On a ride with Everglades airboat tours in Fort Lauderdale, visitors skim across what is sometimes called a “river on grass.” In the Everglades, which is a slow-moving river, visitors can hear a chorus of frogs and cicadas, and they can safely observe alligators lying on the sun-warmed shore.

View Migratory Birds in the Everglades and Endangered Animals in a Natural Setting

Tourists can also view a variety of birds in their natural habitat. Unusual birds appear during the migratory season in this warm and beautiful area of swampland. Over 360 different species of birds have been spotted in the Everglades, most belonging in one of the following categories – wading, land, and prey.

Some of the birds that tourists may catch sight of are the roseate spoonbill, varieties of egrets, the great blue heron, the black-necked stilt, white and black ibis, and ducks such as the greenwing teal. Egrets and herons, as well as ibises and spoonbills are wading birds, that you’ll often spot walking in the shallow waters of the glades on the hunt for food.

The Everglades, once the territory of the Seminole Indians, remains the home of various plants and animals. Among them are several endangered species that have adapted over time to the subtropical and wet environment.

Schedule Your Delightful Everglades Airboat Tours in Fort Lauderdale With Captain Bill

Cypress Outdoor Adventures offers day and sunset tours, where you may be able to observe many of the birds heading back to the northern part of the country for spring. On the sunset tours, the boat has lights that illuminate the surroundings so that tourists can view the wildlife. Then, as the sun goes down, the lights are turned off for all on the boat to revel in the beauty of the fiery ball as it passes below the horizon.

In addition to these tours, we offer other excursions such as bow-fishing. For more information on Everglades airboat tours Fort Lauderdale and to make arrangements for tours, contact Captain Bill, owner of Cypress Outdoor Adventures today at 954-260-1096.

Big Sugar’s Impact on the Everglades

Big Sugar’s Impact on the Everglades

The Everglades – A Tourist’s Treasure Chest

The Everglades are a prime attraction for its natural scenic beauty. This is the area of South and Central Florida where Lake Okeechobee overflows onto two million acres. This lake releases its waters into a very slow-moving, shallow river mainly comprised of a sawgrass marsh often referred to as the “River of Grass.”

The Everglades is an International Biosphere Reserve and also a World Heritage Site that should be protected from adverse impacts like Big Sugar runoff.

Big Sugar Companies

Three Florida companies produce nearly half of all sugar that supplies American consumers. Processing, production, and manufacturing by “Big Sugar” companies begins with sugar cane. More than 78 million tons of sugar is derived from sugar cane, a tropical grass native to areas of Florida.

The Effects of Sugar Runoff Released into the Everglades

Sugar mills and sugar refineries separate sugar from sugar stalks that have been washed, cut, shredded, and pressed with huge industrial rollers to extract juice.

During processing, calcium carbonate forms. This chalky mixture is used as a clarifier before final processing to separate residual materials from the sugar solution. When calcium carbonate runoff  is released out into the slow-moving Everglades, it affects microorganisms in the water (which in turn affects every other living thing in the glades) and turns water into limestone, also called “liming.”

Eco Balance and the Everglades

The upset of iming affects the Everglades’ ecological balance. If Big Sugar’s impact continues, those iconic, swaying Everglades grasses becoming calcified will foul the water and grasses, endangering Everglades birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals. The effects may also make Cypress Outdoor Adventures’ airboat ride in Fort Lauderdale nearly impossible.

Tour the Beauty of the Everglades on an Airboat Ride in Fort Lauderdale

Visit this national treasure today on an airboat tour. To tour the Everglades, contact Captain Bill, owner of Cypress at 954-260-1096 today.

Fun Facts About the American Alligator

Fun Facts About the American Alligator

Florida is full of beautiful, marshy landscapes and the creatures that inhabit by land, sea, and sky. We have some of the most interesting creatures in the United States thanks to our Everglades, and we’re responsible for protecting and bringing awareness about them to others. No matter where you’re from, if you love animals like we do, you haven’t yet lived until you get up close and personal with a 10-foot alligator!

The American Alligator is the Largest Reptile in North America

American alligators are native to—you guessed it— the southern United States. They are the largest of the reptilians, with their males growing up to nearly 10 feet in length and weighing up to 500 pounds. Female alligators are certainly no joke either at nearly 9 feet in length and weighing up to 200 pounds. You certainly wouldn’t want to tussle with a gator, that’s for sure. From a safe-enough distance away that the alligator feels you’re no threat to his home or nest, they are quite a sight to behold, swimming around the water like they own the place—because let’s face it, at 500 pounds they do!

American Alligators Can’t Sing a Note

While it’s not certain the American alligator couldn’t have a great singing voice, they unfortunately have no vocal chords. Instead, they communicate by creating deep bellows and roars. Depending on which, they can attract a mate or warn other alligators that they’re getting too close to their territory.

The Best Place to See an American Alligator is in the Florida Everglades

Even though American alligators roam throughout Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, and Texas, there’s only one place in the U.S. that can boast being number one hot spot in the count – the Florida Everglades. It is the best place to go when you’re looking for some good ol’ fashioned alligator watching.

Due to draining of their natural environments, you’d really have to keep your eyes peeled and hope luck’s on your side anywhere but Florida. Come ride across the Everglades, and watch them grow and thrive in their true natural habitat.

You May See an American Alligator on an Airboat Tour of the Everglades

Over 1.25 million of our nation’s 5 million alligators live in Florida alone, which is one of the reasons why these massive prehistoric creatures are the official Florida state reptile. This means there’s a great chance you’ll get to spot an alligator on your next airboat tour of the Everglades. Are you ready to get closer to nature than you’ve ever been? Call Cypress Outdoor Adventures today at (954) 260-1096, or secure your spot online for an Everglades airboat ride of a lifetime!

Are Airboat Tours Safe in the Everglades?

Are Airboat Tours Safe in the Everglades?

If you’ve heard about how much fun airboat swamp tours are, you’ve definitely heard about the exciting wildlife we encounter and how close to nature we become. Feeling a little nervous about getting up close and personal with an alligator? Not quite sure about gliding over the glades at sunset? We perform tours of the Everglades every day and can attest to the safety of our boats, our crew, and the nature of your next airboat tour in Fort Lauderdale.

Airboat Tours Are Safe for Kids of All Ages

Fort Lauderdale alligator tours are fun and safe for everyone, from toddlers to great-grandparents. While our big airboat fan can be a little loud, it’s nothing that a pair of ear plugs can’t fix. Passengers may feel like they’re flying across the glades with the wind in their faces, but our boats actually don’t exceed 40 mph. In order to take in the full experience, we make sure to go as slowly as needed so we don’t scare away nearby wildlife.

Sunset Tours of the Everglades are just as safe as Daytime Tours

Scared of the dark? There’s nothing to be afraid of! There’s a variety of nocturnal animals such as gators and panthers that we can safely observe from a distance. A sunset tour allows you the chance to encounter wildlife you wouldn’t normally see during the day.

Our Everglades Airboats are Regularly Maintained and Inspected

The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. Properly maintaining our boats is essential to safely traversing the swamps of Fort Lauderdale, day or night. We guarantee each airboat is regularly inspected and kept up to code by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

We Maintain a Safe Distance from American Alligators and Other Wildlife in the Everglades

Alligator sightings are a huge part of the excitement of our Everglades airboat tours. We get just as excited as our passengers to see gators and other wildlife on our tours, but we are professionals with plenty of experience keeping a safe distance. Alligators don’t pay any mind when strangers pass by, as long as we maintain a respectful amount of space between us.

US Coast Guard Certified, Captain Bill Makes your Airboat Ride as Safe and Exciting as Possible

Put your trust in Captain Bill to make your adventure an experience to remember. As a USCG certified captain, he safely operates your tour boat for an enjoyable time on the water. Ready to face your fears and have a wonderful time doing so? Call us today at 954-260-1096 to reserve your seat, or book online now!

Best Way to See the Everglades Near Fort Lauderdale

Best Way to See the Everglades Near Fort Lauderdale

It’s no secret that Florida is one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the United States. However, with tourists flocking to Disney World, Epcot, or one of the many crowded and commercialized beaches, you may want to retreat to the quietness of the nearby Everglades. Fortunately for you, it is home to some of the most fragile, nearly-undisturbed areas for you to develop a deep appreciation for these natural habitats.

Florida Everglades Tourism

Whether you live near the Florida Everglades or are just visiting for a week or two, a visit is a must for a unique natural and educational experience. This is home to numerous species of wildlife, including endangered birds, fish, alligators and crocodiles, turtles, and even the rare Florida panther. In addition to incredible animals, the sawgrass in the Everglades hosts many different ecosystems including endangered plants.

The Best Way to View the Everglades is on an Airboat Ride

There are many ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Everglades. Though some areas can be enjoyed on foot, by bike, or by canoe or kayak, the shallow habitats home to some of the most incredible species are best explored on an airboat.

Airboat tours are great for many reasons. One of those reasons is the ability to share your intriguing ride with fellow voyagers. Since airboats are able to accommodate a small group of explorers, they are perfect for friends or family airboat tour adventures.

What is an Airboat?

Airboating is a popular ecotourism attraction in the Everglades. They are commonly used in shallow, marshy areas due to their flat bottoms and aircraft-like propeller. Traditional boats with a submerged propeller are unable to navigate these shallow areas.

Airboats are a safer way to maneuver through these fragile ecosystems because they hover on top of the water, posing less risk to the wildlife below. Their unique design also helps to keep passengers at a safe distance from unpredictable wildlife.

What to Expect on an Airboat Tour Through the Everglades

Many experienced tourists describe their airboat tour as thrilling, like an amusement ride through nature. Licensed by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Captain Bill is a trained professional who knows the ins and outs of the area. He is committed to giving you the most educational and fun airboat rides possible.

Though not guaranteed, explorers are highly likely to see many different animal and wildlife species. You will definitely see new and intriguing sights, learn a lot of fun facts about the area, and have an unforgettable journey  with Captain Bill! Call Cypress Outdoor Adventures at 954-260-1096 today, or book one of our airboat rides online.

Alligator Tour Airboat Rides

Alligator Tour Airboat Rides

We’ve all studied about alligators back in school. However, what we learn is mostly elementary. There’s a lot more they havethan what we’ve been told. To help out with your curiosity, we’ve compiled a list of interesting alligator facts. Take a look!

They Cry

Ever hear of the expression “crocodile tears or alligator tears”? Well, if you have, you know what it means. In a nutshell, it refers to false tears. Where do you think the inspiration for this expression came from? Well, it obviously came from the actual fact that alligators shed tears. However, these tears are shed purely for the purpose of moisturizing and cleaning, hence, the association with fake crying.

Alligators Are Found Only in 2 Locations across the Globe

According to what is known so far, they have appeared over 30 million years ago and they are found only 2 regions around the world.

First, we have the American alligator, which is found in the southern part of the USA. This includes everything from North Carolina to Texas.

Then, we have the Chinese Alligator, which is found in the region that runs along Eastern China’s Yangtze River. Chinese alligators are shy and don’t often reveal themselves. Plus, the rapid progress in that region has led to a drop in their numbers as well. So, it’s harder to spot the now.

American alligators are larger than their Chinese counterparts. For example, the average American alligator can grow up to 13 feet and weigh almost 800 pounds. The Chinese alligator, on the other hand, doesn’t cross 7 feet and reaches a maximum weight of 300 pounds.

Now that you know a thing or two about alligators, we’re pretty sure you would want to see them up close. But, how can one do that, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple really. All you need to do is sign up for an alligator tour. It is basically an airboat tours that take you through the swamps, marshes and mangroves of the Everglades to get you as close as possible to real alligators.

You get to see alligators in the natural habitat; untamed and wild! It’s an experience that you’re sure to remember.