Historic Markers Across Florida

Freshwater Wetlands Habitat

Marker ID:  
Location: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 41.59    W 081° 46.656
  26.69316666    -81.7776
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMV4KQ


Freshwater Wetlands Habitat

In Southwest Florida, it is often necessary to have storm water retention areas on developed properties. At Manatee Park, this water retention area was planted with wetland vegetation to provide wildlife habitat, improve aesthetics and help filter the water. The vegetation depends on the amount of water and length of time retained. This retention area does not hold water for long periods, but does retain moisture in the soil. Wetland trees do well here, however grasses and wildflowers need more sustained moisture to survive. Other examples of freshwater wetlands are: marshes, swamps, strands and sloughs.

Not all plants and animals illustrated are found at Manatee Park.
Alligator Flag
Spider Lilly
Snail Kite
Blue Heron
Purple Pickerelweed
Bald Cypress
Lizard Tail
Golden Canna
Red-Bellied Slider
Great White Egret
Red Maple
Blue Flag Iris
Button Bush
Marsh Rabbit
American Elm
White Ibis

In Memory of Volunteer John Sculthorpe and Joe Mulvihill

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org