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ABOUT IT: Wild Turkey Strand Preserve is Lee County Conservation 20/20's second largest conservation area, totaling 3,137 acres, and is the second Conservation 20/20 property to be honored in the Legacy Program. Located off State Route south of Lehigh Acres and east of Southwest Florida International Airport, Wild Turkey Strand Preserve sits atop portions of the former Buckingham Army Air Field, the state's largest airfield training base during World War II. Habitats include flatwoods, cypress strand swamps, cypress dome swamps, freshwater marshes, wet prairies, and abandoned pastures. The preserve features amenities that include paved parking, a restroom, and a 1.8 mile trail that blends nature and history via boardwalks, observation decks overlooking wetlands, and interpretive panels describing the gunnery training that once took place here. Recreation opportunities include Bird Watching, Hiking (Boardwalk), Hiking (Marked Trails), Nature Study/Photography, and a shaded Picnic Area.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Guided nature walks of moderate difficulty along the 1.8 mile trail are offered by Conservation 20/20 volunteers from 9:00 am until 10:30 am on the 3rd Saturday of each month during winter season (2013: January 19th, February 16th, and March 16th). No reservations required, free parking. Questions? Call (239) 707-3325 for more information.

GETTING THERE: Wild Turkey Strand Preserve is located off State Route 82 just south of Daniels Parkway, at 11901 Rod & Gun Club Road Fort Myers , Florida 33913

MORE INFORMATION: You can find a Wildlife List and Plant List, along with the Trail Map at the preserve's website http://www.conservation2020.org/Pages/preservedetails.aspx?projid=28 . You can also read about the preserve as a World War II cultural resource here http://www.conservation2020.org/Documents/publications/Cultural-Resource-BAAF.pdf

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