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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.

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.

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.

Airboat Tours Fort Lauderdale

Airboat Tours Fort Lauderdale

Whether it’s during the winter or right after it, you obviously make plans to go somewhere warmer. If you haven’t really thought of a place yet, we would like to suggest the idea of coming down to Florida. Florida is the place to be if you’re looking for a tropical experience without having to spend too much.

It’s much warmer here, which is something you’ll probably be looking forward to, especially if you’re from up north. There are a ton of things to do in Florida and a lot of them are part of the outdoor experience.

Where to go and what to do

There are plenty of places to visit in Florida. You could seek out the hip urban life on the beaches of Miami or explore the Florida Keys etc. However, we suggest that you come on down to Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale is located very close to the Everglades and that’s a place worth putting on your bucket list.

If you haven’t seen the Everglades, you’re truly missing out on something spectacular. Apart from the breathtaking beauty, the Everglades are known for activities such as golf, salt water fishing rides, fresh water fishing rides, and of course, the  flora and fauna.

Salt water fishing is a great activity. Apart from the thrill of catching fish, you get to experience the Everglades in all its glory. While you admire the beauty around you, you can catch some awesome fish on the side as well. The Everglades are known fish varieties such as the Large Tarpon, the Redfish, the Trout, and the Snook.

In fact, Tarpon Fishing is a big deal here and the months of April, May, and June are perfect for carrying out this activity.

Similarly, you can engage in some fresh water fishing as well. There are a plenty of bass during the spring season and the Everglades are considered to be the global hotspot for this variety of fish.

How to experience all of this

If you intend to experience all of the above mentioned activities and explore the Everglades in general, the best way for you to do it would be through an airboat tour. Click here to get Started!

With an airboat tour, you get to see the best of the Everglades and have fun while doing so. In fact, riding on an airboat is an experience by itself.

 

 

Everglade Airboat Tours

Everglade Airboat Tours

Do you have an upcoming trip to Florida planned? Or perhaps you’re a native Floridian and you have already visited all the theme parks, been to the beaches, and done your share of deep sea fishing. These ‘touristy’ events are fun, but now is the time to get the true taste of Florida. It’s time to experience authentic Florida Everglades airboat ride!

Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC can provide you and your friends and family the ultimate Florida Everglades experience you won’t soon forget. You’ll get much more than just an airboat ride when you visit Captain Bill and his crew at Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC. All rides with Captain Bill are private, so it’ll be just you and those in your group on the boat. No worries about being herded onto a boat with a group of total strangers. The memorable experience you have on your airboat ride will be all yours to share. The private tours incorporate technology into each tour, helping to enhance the experience while cruising through the Florida everglades, and preserving the experience for future viewing enjoyment. You will be provided with intercom headsets, enabling you to have constant communication between you and Captain Bill.

While on your airboat ride through the Florida everglades rest assured you are traveling in a manner that treats this fragile ecosystem with care. Our boats are one the most environmentally friendly craft on the water.  There are no props or paddles negatively impacting the ecosystem and the flat bottom hull of the airboat is eco friendly as well.

While on your airboat ride you’ll learn the history of the Florida’s Everglades from Captain Bill, from its primitive early stages, to the developments that man has made down to the present. While traveling through what is called the River of Grass you will encounter a variety of flora and fauna, as well as birds, fish, reptiles, and maybe a mammal or two. Once your tour has concluded, you will be provided with a complimentary video of your memorable airboat adventure, so you can relive the experience again and again.

Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC offers Day Airboat Tours and Sunset/Night Airboat Tours, each a very unique experience.

For the Day Tour, you can book a private 2 or 3 hour airboat adventure. The adventure includes fishing, the interactive headsets for communication, and the complimentary video. If the sun is proving to be a bit much, a shade structure can be provided.

With a stop at a local recreational facility, you can view a wildlife exhibit, do a little shopping, and even enjoy an authentic gator lunch. It is recommended that participants bring bug repellent, sunglasses, and sunscreen on the Day Tour.

You can watch the sun go down over the River of Grass on the beautiful Sunset Tour. As the Everglades come alive at night, you can view the wildlife with the giant lights on board the vessel. An added bonus to the sunset and night tours is the opportunity to do some bow fishing, which is included at no additional charge, with gear included.

So come experience a bit of real Florida with Everglades airboat tours with Captain Bill of Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC. You will never view those ‘touristy’ places the same again!

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