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Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley"

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

 
 
Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 4, 2015
1. Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley" Marker
Inscription.  Guy Bradley is one of the heroes of Audubon and one of the most colorful characters of its history. He was the first warden to be deputized by Audubon, a strange fact due to his passion for hunting birds for their valuable, fashionable plumes. When legislation was passed banning plume hunting, Bradley reformed and became a passionate advocate of bird protection. In 1902, Bradley became a warden, patrolling the Greater Everglades from Southwest Florida all the way to Key West. He quickly gained a bold reputation for protecting the birds with his life, making enemies among unreformed plume hunters. In 1905, at age 35, he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

The Guy Bradley tree reminds us of Audubon's long history in the greater Everglades, and the price that has been paid by a committed few for the cause of conservation. The line of dedicated Audubon wardens that have followed Bradley's footsteps continues today at Corkscrew. These wardens serve the same mission: to protect Corkscrew's wild natural treasures and ensure that it endures for future generations into perpetuity.
 
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Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley" (<i>canopy</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
2. Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley" (canopy)
(view looking up from marker)
topic lists: AnimalsHorticulture & ForestryLaw EnforcementParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list.
 
Location. 26° 22.339′ N, 81° 36.716′ W. Marker is in Naples, Florida, in Collier County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sanctuary Road West and Rookery Lane. Marker and subject tree are located along the cypress swamp boardwalk in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples FL 34120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landmark Cypress № 7 — "Rhett Green" (here, next to this marker); Landmark Cypress № 4 — "Roosevelt" (within shouting distance of this marker); Landmark Cypress № 8 — "Asteenahoofa" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher" (about 400 feet away); Landmark Cypress № 3 — "Leopold" (about 700 feet away); Landmark Cypress № 12 — "Baker-Curry"
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Start of a Sanctuary (approx. half a mile away); What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Naples.
 
Regarding Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley". Over 500 years old • 18.5 feet in circumference
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
 
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1. Guy Bradley: Martyr for the Cause. In 1902, the fledgling Audubon Society identified their first Game Warden, Guy Bradley. He was deputized by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to protect and preserve the wading birds of the Everglades and Florida Bay. While this sounds like an easy enough task, this was a dangerous game at the turn of the century. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Game Warden Guy M. Bradley. Game Warden Guy Bradley was shot and killed when he confronted two men near Flamingo whom he suspected were poaching egrets. As he attempted to arrest the suspects they opened fire with their rifle, fatally wounding him. He was buried at Cape Sable Beach, Monroe County, Florida but the grave was
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washed out to sea during a hurricane. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. About Corkscrew's Boardwalk. A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, and ferns. (Submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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