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“Osprey haven”

Randell Research Center
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I got the opportunity visiting this place recently. I liked the Calusa Trail. Although it was short, it was wide and easy. Along the way, there were boards that explained the life and culture of the Calusa tribe.

Several ospreys were on trees or towers. One flew above me and perched on a tree a few meters away.

I didn’t see any other birds except for the usual catbirds or crows but on the way out, I saw a couple of eagles and a frigate bird.

I have never seen a place with lots of gumbo limbos. Very nice. Also in abundance were green shrimp plants, host plant for malachite butterflies.

Admission is by donation, $5 for senior citizens.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The tour directors were marvelous. We so enjoyed the walk through the Preserve. The historic importance of the park is paramount to Western Florida's founding and utlimate growth.

Thank M J M
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We found the fascinating Calusa Heritage Trail almost by accident. We didn't see any signs until we were almost there. It is across from the Randell Research Center. This was a capital of the Calusa Empire. They had extensive canals and built mounds on which they built their homes and buildings. The trail and the signs along it give you an idea of how they lived. It is amazing that their former presence is so easy to overlook here. It also has great views and has a gift shop and picnic tables. It is well worth a visit when on Pine Island.

Thank LNLew
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Stopped here one morning whist on Pine island. The centre was closing at lunch time for a memorial but the trails would remain open. A volunteer gave us a short informative history of the extinct indigenous Indians of the area which was originally called Tampa. Gave a donation in the small gift shop, bought a couple of fridge magnets & the took to the trail with a laminated map given to us. The trail is less than a mile in total & is easy going but little shade. Ponds, burial mounds, Ospreys nesting & information boards along the walk, made for a nice time.

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

The Calusa Indian mounds with their self-guided interpretive signage provide a beautiful short walking trail experience on Pine Island. Climb to the top of a mound and view Pine Island Sound just as the ancient indians did thousands of years ago. The attractive interpretive signs guide you through the history and there is a gift shop if you wish to take away a memory. More formal guided tours and programs are also available and sometimes you can even see an active archaeological dig.

Thank Lainimac
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