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3 days ago, 12/18/2014 at 4:12pm

Painted BuntingCaloosa Club Donates to Attract
Birds to Mound House

The Mound House – A Cultural & Environmental Learning Center recently received a $150 donation from the Caloosa Bird Club for the purchase of bird feeders, a birdbath and bird seed to attract a diversity of bird species to the Mound House site. The donation came about after the Caloosa Bird Club went on their November 10th birding trip to the Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area and came to the Mound House afterwards for a picnic. Soon after arriving, the Club members were quick to spot a blue-headed vireo and a yellow-throated warbler in the large strangler fig by the picnic tables. Members were excited to add two more bird species to their list, bringing their number of sightings that day on Fort Myers Beach to 60 bird species! Mound House hopes to become part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Thank you to Ken Hodgson, Field Trip Chair, and all the Caloosa Bird Club members for their generosity and support. Already on the shopping list is the purchase of a tube feeder and white millet particularly good for attracting the beautiful painted bunting.

When you visit the Mound House in the months to come, you may want to bring along a pair of binoculars to see how many bird species you are able to identify.

Mound House is a Cultural and Environmental Learning Center located right on Estero Bay. Experience Floridas natural and cultural history where Estero Islands oldest standing structure sits atop an ancient Calusa Indian Mound. Learn about 2,000 years of history through free, guided tours offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 1:30pm. Donations requested. Tours feature a unique underground archeological exhibit, "Stories Beneath Our Feet” and begin on top of the Mound at the picnic tables. Private Group Tours at $5 per person may be scheduled on Thursdays by calling 239- 765-0865, minimum of 10 people required.

The pet friendly grounds are open daily from 7am to 5pm for visitors to enjoy the wildlife and beauty of Estero Bay. A kayak launch allows you to enjoy access to the Great Calusa Blueway Kayak Trail in Estero Bay. The site is also accessible by boat.

Guided kayak eco-tours are available the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month through May. Paddleboard lessons and eco-tours are offered every Thursday. Reservations are required. A variety of educational programming is available throughout the year, for more information call 239-765-0865.

Mound House is located at 451 Connecticut Street. Overflow parking is available at the Beach Baptist Church at the corner of Estero Blvd and Connecticut Street.

For more information call 239- 765-0865 or visit our website at The Mound House is a property of the Town of Fort Myers Beach.


Alison Giesen

Mound House Museum Director

Town of Fort Myers Beach