Ding Darling Days!

GOOSEHUG: The Blue Goose, a refuge system icon designed by “Ding” Darling himself, appears in the “flesh” at Family Fun Day.
Live wildlife presentations, demos, crafts highlights of free ‘Ding’ Family Fun Day 2017

Sunday Family Fun Day kicks off the weeklong “Ding” Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, on Oct. 15, 2017. 

The refuge, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS),  » Read more

Otter Freedom

Three North American river otters experienced a taste of freedom after nearly eight months at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife when they were released successfully in Punta Gorda on September 27.

The first North American river otter arrived at CROW in February, with others following through March. One was transferred from a rehabilitation facility in Fort Lauderdale and the other two were transferred from rehabilitation facilities near Tampa.  » Read more

New Educational Kiosk

A new interpretive kiosk has been unveiled at Perry Tract, the only shoreline property that belongs to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge complex on Sanibel Island.

The 4-plus-acre Perry Tract lies adjacent to Gulfside City Park, located right next door to Ocean’s Reach.

It is named for ophthalmologist and malacologist Dr. Louise Perry. Upon her passing in 1962, she donated her winter home property to the U.S.  » Read more

Blessing of the Animals

Legend holds that St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment and animals, had a special gift for communication with all creatures great and small.

Whether true or not, the 12th-Century monk’s talents as animal whisperer will be commemorated at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church with its annual Blessing of the Animals on October 7 at 10 a.m. on the church grounds.  » Read more

A Rare Junonia




We’re so delighted for Donna R., one of our favorite long-term guests

– and often chef extraordinairre to a hungry Ocean’s Reach staff –

who couldn’t wait to share her long-awaited treasure with us.  » Read more

Now THIS is Painting a Pumpkin!

Create your very own “Coastal Pumpkin” while making new friends at the Sanibel Community House on Weds, October 10 from 6 – 9 pm.

This special class will be taught by Jenny M. Licht, a professional working artist and graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.

Jenny will have many ideas from which to choose and all materials will be included. Fee: $40 Member / $50 Non-Member.  » Read more

Sea Turtles Survive!

Sanibel’s sea turtle nests fared well during Hurricane Irma with nests still hatching post storm.

SCCF Sea Turtle Coordinator Kelly Sloan said since sea turtles have evolved over millions of years, they know to lay many nests in one season. She said they have documented some of the turtles laying four nests, so if one was lost during Hurricane Irma it was not detrimental.

The east end of the island fared the best during Hurricane Irma with only 13 nests lost.  » Read more

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