New Ambassador at CROW

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Guests to CROW’s Visitor Education Center will soon be able to meet their newest animal ambassador, an injured burrowing owl that has been deemed unreleasable to the wild.

CROW Education Coordinator Rachel Rainbolt said the burrowing owl, from Cape Coral, was admitted to CROW’s hospital on June 19 with a broken wing.

“Based upon the injuries present, the proposed diagnosis was that the burrowing owl was struck by a vehicle.  » Read more

The Dunes Your Way

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Have it your way because there are many ways to play at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Spend an afternoon on the greens, on a court or at the indoor watering hole. Or enjoy an evening’s worth of entertainment “club-style”. Non-members are always welcome!

The Dunes hosts an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course within a stunning wildlife preserve. You’ll be sharing the links with the resident birds and maybe an alligator or two!  » Read more

Aiming for Perfection

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Arriving at the Dune’s 6th hole, Andy found some unexpected guidance for his next golf shot. An anhinga was serendipitously awaiting him on the sign at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, providing the perfect direction for the aim of his next stroke.

Of course, there was a brief time-out between shots as Andy retrieved his camera phone to quickly record the water bird that was just three feet in front of him.  » Read more

The Bailey Tract

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One of the lesser-known trails at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at the Bailey Tract, separate from the other nature trails that are found along its main Wildlife Drive location. This separate tract of the refuge is closer to the Gulf of Mexico and includes a series of impoundments that make for excellent early morning birding. Since the entrance to the Bailey Tract is off Tarpon Bay Road,  » Read more

Prune & Groom

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It’s a fall tradition! We’re buzzing and trimming our trees back to their original beauty. Yes, it’s like getting a haircut and a shave. The arborists visit in September and schedule the delivery of the professional crew and power equipment. In two days, the major trimming of the trees throughout our property from the coconut palms to the sea grapes is complete! Hardly a branch or frond is untouched!  » Read more

Just in Case

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All hands were on deck as Adolfo, under the direction of Charlie, stacked and tied down the pool lounge chairs in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.

Although Sanibel weathered the storm well, possible tropical storm force winds of 35 – 74 mph from Matthew’s arrival on Florida’s east coast prompted the securing of our pool furniture. The safety of our guests and property is our #1 priority!  » Read more

The Reel Life

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“Reel it in” at the newly remodeled Sanibel Fishing Pier located in Lighthouse Beach Park. After a three month makeover, the city’s public fishing pier reopened September 30 to the delight of all anglers!

Renovations included replacing stringers, decking, shelter, fish cleaning stations, benches and railings. Handicap accessibility was improved along with the connecting boardwalk and bicycle parking facilities.

Head on over to make a fast catch for dinner or relax the day away with your fellow fishermen.  » Read more

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