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First Swamp Buggy Season in BCNP

We have started out the first swamp buggy season great have got a lot of great
reviews. THANKS TO ALL. This news letter brings apologies to a few people I
have had to cancel or cut short our tours.

We operate swamp buggies and sometime they break down, not very often but it
does happen. If you have been on my ride and a buggy has broke down you won’t
pay for that ride and you and your family will get a free ride when ever you
want it.

It’s only happened twice but I still want to apologize for any problems.

Anyway, we have been seeing a lot of wildlife mostly deer. (they are always
pretty) Those willing to get off the buggy have experienced some incredible
cypress  dome walks and we have been seeing some fresh panther sign.

We ran into the Florida Wildlife Commission on one of our tours got to see the
panther people in operation a few days ago. Two biologists were cutting nests
into the live slash pines for the red cockaded woodpecker.

Did you know it takes two years for the woodpecker to build a new nest? There
trying to bring back a couple of nesting pairs in a area that was damaged in
hurricane Wilma. Good luck to them.

I haven’t written in a while and will try to keep up more often. Thinking on
having a end of season BBQ for my subscribers and the other commercial
operators.

Have talked to Christine and a couple of the training staff at the Big cypress
and they’re all for it. So working on that and there will be more to come. So
goodbye for now and God bless.

Captain Steve

Big Cypress National Preserve a.k.a. BCNP

The Red-cockaded woodpecker

The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is classified as an endangered species.

Today’s swamp buggy tour started out perfect and just kept getting better! We had beautiful
weather and a lovely family, a woman with her husband, their son and his friend. Turns out,
both young men are both in college to become biologists.

This swamp buggy tour
turned into quite an experience for them as we ran into the *FWC
biologist.  He was out collecting data in the field about the endangered red-cockaded
woodpecker colonies here. (*FWC — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation)

The biologist spent over an hour with us answering questions and discussing the birds and
their nesting habits. It was particularly intriguing and educational.  Where else can you
appreciate things like this?

In the world of North American woodpeckers, red-cockaded woodpeckers stand out as an
exception to the usual rules.

Red-cockaded woodpeckers  are the only woodpeckers to excavate nest and
roost sites in living trees. Living in small family groups, red-cockaded
woodpeckers are a social species, unlike other woodpecker species.

These groups chatter and call throughout the day, using a wide variety of
vocalizations. The red-cockaded woodpeckers are one of only two
woodpecker species protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The other protected woodpecker species, the ivory-billed woodpecker, had
been assumed extinct for decades until sightings on a national wildlife
refuge in the Southeast.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Federal and State
agencies and private landowners, to keep red-cockaded woodpeckers
from sliding to extinction.

It’s all about the habitat…

Red-cockaded woodpeckers live in mature pine forests—specifically those with longleaf
pines averaging 80 to 120 years old and loblolly pines averaging 70 to 100 years old.

From the late 1800s to the mid 1900s, red-cockaded woodpeckers declined rapidly as their
mature pine forest habitat was altered for a variety of uses, primarily timber harvest
and agriculture.

Pine savannahs and open woodlands once dominated the southeastern United States and may
have totaled more than 200 million acres at the time of European colonization.

Longleaf pine communities may have covered 60 to 92 million of those acres. Today, fewer
than 3 million acres remain.

Listed in 1970 as endangered, red-cockaded woodpeckers once ranged from Florida to
Maryland and New Jersey, as far west as Texas and Oklahoma, and inland to Missouri,
Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Home is where the pine trees are…

The red-cockaded woodpeckers are about the size of cardinals, these woodpeckers excavate
cavities exclusively in living pine trees, preferring older pines infected with the
fungal red heart disease that softens heartwood.

 

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Red-cockaded woodpeckers need up to three years to excavate the cavities they use fornesting and roosting. The woodpeckers are faithful to their cavity trees, and each member of the group has its own roost cavity.

Cavity trees occupied by a group are called a cluster and may include 1 to 20 or more trees on 3 to 60 acres.

Red-cockaded woodpeckers peck holes around actively used cavities. These small wells exude resin that coats much of the tree. The birds keep the resin flowing as a defense against rat snakes and other predators.

Red-cockaded woodpeckers play a vital role in the intricate web of life of southern pine forests.

A number of birds and mammals use the nest cavities that the woodpeckers excavate – such aschickadees, bluebirds, titmice, and species including the downy, hairy, and red-belliedwoodpeckers.

Larger woodpeckers may take over a red-cockaded woodpecker cavity, sometimes enlargingthe hole enough to allow screech owls, wood ducks, and even raccoons to move in.

Several species of reptiles and amphibians, and insects, primarily bees and wasps, also
use red-cockaded cavities.

Everyone had a fabulous time and then after the swamp buggy tour, it was “supper” at
Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe´. I had the hamburger with bacon, and they had blue crabs, and not
able to choose, finally decided on eating both the soft shell and hard blue crabs.

We wrapped up the day with Joanie’s famous guava cheese cake, (once tasted you will kill
to have it again.)

All in all, it was a rare day on the swamp buggy tour, (with the chance meeting the FWC biologist), but it does happen!

Call right now and make reservations, and perhaps it will happen for you. 
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I appreciate you,
Captain Steve

Wildlife In The Big Cypress Swamp

Wildlife found in the Big Cypress Swamp

When you hear about Swamp Buggy Tours in The Florida Everglades
You can forget  about a commercial ride you find along the highway.
For that you gotta go stand in line somewhere.
 

At Capt. Steve’s you can reserve YOUR tour on YOUR schedule.

You can Make A Day in the Everglades – YOUR Day in the Everglades.

All of the Swamp Buggy’s at Captain Steve’s Swamp Buggy Adventures

will never take more than 6 people maximum on any one buggy..

Minimum tours are for 4 hours unless you prefer longer.

There will be no riding around the same track with me.

–Capt. Steve

call right now, before we are booked solid. thank you for your support…

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Big Cypress Swamp Images… This OFFER Is Over!
 
  

 

FOR A LIMITED TIME! OFFER ENDING SOON WITHOUT NOTICE!

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Free Swamp Buggy Rides

The Extreme Swamp Transportation Promotion is Officially Ended!

Thanks to all who came out…


Any day is a good day in the swamps…

Captain Steve’s Swamp Buggy Adventures is offering free swamp buggy rides
this week for anyone that wants to experience how much fun and beautiful the
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE can be.

Free Swamp Buggy Tours will be available for a limited time & reserved by
appointment only. …

You can contact Steve at home, 695-2186 – or on his cell – 325-7171 to see if
any seats are still available.

Free Swamp Buggy Tours begin Tues, Oct. 26, 2010 and available for a limited
Time.

Call Captain Steve’s Swamp Buggy Adventures Today or You Just May Hate Yourself
Later…

 

This Promotion is Officially Ended!

Thanks to all who came out…

 

Swamp Buggy Adventures

Past Swamp Buggy Adventures in The Big Cypress Swamp

 

swamp buggy rides video picture album…

The First Swamp Buggy

The first Swamp Buggy was invented by Ed Frank, in Naples, Florida as a vehicle
with which to traverse the vast, boggy swamps of the Everglades during early
development in the 1930s and 1940s.

The original Swamp Buggy, known as "Tumble Bug", was a tall, ungainly and
strange looking vehicle, riding on huge balloon tires, which could be used for
everything from hunting expeditions deep into the Everglades to Sunday
afternoon outings. 

An editorial in the Collier County News, a local Naples newspaper, claimed swamp
buggies were "as important to Florida as the cow pony is to the west, in that
they are the only practical means of transportation once off the main road."

The Early Years 

As more and more hunters built swamp buggies, they would gather together to
share a few homespun-engineering tips, and before long, one hunter would
challenge another to a race through a muddy bog on Raymond Bennett’s potato
farm, which, according to swamp buggy inventor Ed Frank, "was the biggest hole
in the vicinity of Naples." 

The first organized races took place on Mr. Bennett’s potato farm around 1943,
featuring a dozen or so local hunters.

By the late forties, 30 to 40 racers would gather the week before hunting season
to race for the valued prize, which was usually a new shotgun donated by a local
merchant.  On November 12, 1949, the first "Official" Swamp Buggy Races were
held, with a field of almost 50 competitors, in Naples, Florida. 

The mid 1950s saw continued growth of Swamp Buggy Racing. American Broadcasting
Company ABC’s Wide World of Sports (US TV series) Wide World of Sports featured
the mud madness in a national television special and Hollywood stars like Gary
Cooper were seen in Naples riding Swamp Buggies.

The Mile O’ Mud

The potato patch has now evolved into the [http://www.swampbuggy.com/ Florida
Sports Park and the once unruly bog has been groomed into the famed "Mile O’
Mud" it is as known today.

The  "Mile O’ Mud" is a seven-eighths of a mile oval, featuring racing lanes
which are approximately 60 feet wide, with a one-eighth mile diagonal lane
slashed through the center.

The depth of the mud is hard to gauge because brown swamp water covers every
inch of the track, making it appear to be about a foot deep, although it drops to
between five and six feet deep in three places.

Buggies driving through these holes often disappear up to their steering wheels
and exhaust pipes.

The largest pit, located in front of the grandstand, is the treacherous "Sippy
Hole", named after "Mississippi" Milton Morris, a legendary driver who could
almost never conquer the hole without stalling.

Present Day High-Tech

As the popularity of the sport has continued to grow, cash prizes purses of
several thousand dollars replaced the shotgun, and the incentives to go faster
also grew, until the swamp buggies became far too fast and too loud to be used
for hunting wild game. 

Today’s high-tech buggies are designed for racing only. 

The pontoon-like bodywork fully encloses a powerful racing engine, and rather
than relying upon big fat flotation tires, they stand upon tall and skinny
tires, with paddle treads on the rears designed solely for forward motivation
and almost bicycle-narrow front tires for rudder-like steering.

There are three races a year, January, March, and October, and all three races
are taped and televised by the Sunshine Network. The races have also nationally
televised by the National Geographic Channel, TNN, ESPN and the Travel Channel.

Before every October Race there is a Swamp Buggy Parade in downtown Naples.
Each of these events finds Naples pulling thousands of spectators from many states,
and gives Naples and the Swamp Buggy sport extensive publicity.

 

Give us a call and design your own Swamp Buggy Adventure…

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