For birds and the people that love watching them, the skies and shorelines of Southwest Florida are as good as it gets. In the region's many natural sanctuaries and wildlife preserves-nearly any place there's water or native habitat-you'll find some of the many different bird species that live here including great egrets, brown pelicans, cotton candy-colored roseate spoonbills (often mistaken for flamingoes), and stately great blue herons. There are also hundreds of different snowbirds that migrate to the region in the winter. Some of the more popular places to pack your binoculars for some bird-watching are J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge,Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, and Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. But even a walk on a local beach can feel like a birding excursion with the gatherings of various terns and gulls.