More on “Ding” Darling Day


Everglades Burmese python hunter Dusty “Wildman” Crum (pictured above) and Biologist Mike Kirkland, who manages a team of 25 python hunters for the South Florida Water Management District, have been invited back to Sanibel Island to headline “Ding” Darling Day events on Sunday, October 20.

Their presentations at the national wildlife refuge this past spring attracted standing-room only crowds, and their “Ding”  » Read more

Ding Darling Day


This year’s “Ding” Darling Day birding and eco-festival at JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel will be held on Sunday, October 20, just about two months away!

Free activities during the one-day event include refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, wildlife yoga, nature sketching, origami, archery clinics, hot dogs, a touch tank and butterfly house, and kids nature crafts. Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp winner presentations,  » Read more

Turning Back Time

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An interesting article from, written by Richard Pallardy:

Turning Back Time:  The Recovery of the American Crocodile

For a while there, it looked like time was running out for the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) population in the United States. The hands of the extinction clock for the species were,  » Read more

Caps for Kids


20,000!  Now that’s a lot of caps.

Resident volunteers of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida recently reached quite a momentous milestone, creating their 20,000th surgical cap for children at the nearby Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The “Caps for Kids” program, which began in October of 1999, aims to help make children’s hospital experiences a little easier.

Understandably, stomachs churn with nervousness for both children and parents as surgery time nears.  » Read more

Please Mr. Postman


Captiva Island’s old Post Office box, which has long reflected the island’s colorful personality, is now part of its history.

The Captiva Island Historical Society recently paid tribute to the unique mailbox by marking it with an official historical plaque. The box had served islanders and visitors for nearly two decades.

In 1999, during one of his many stays on the island,  » Read more

542,000 and Counting

Photo from “Must Do” Visitor Guide


We know that the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is one of the most unique museums in the country, and now readers of Forbes Magazine know it, too!

Writer Gary Stoller notes that “the museum now houses a collection of about 542,000 shells. Besides local shells, shells from other countries, including some of the world’s largest,  » Read more

A Request from Andy

Pictured, left is Andy’s friend Jack with longtime Ocean’s Reach guest Tom M. from Glencoe, Mo.

Tom and his law partner, a past president of the USGA, had just contributed memorabilia for Jack’s treasured display.


A request from Andy:

My friend Jack has cancer. An avid golfer and retired golf course superintendent, Jack is now limited to spending time collecting and displaying the golf memorabilia and oddities which he has collected over the past 53 years.  » Read more

Family Fun on the Cheap!

Photo by Chelle Koster Walton


“The first thing that comes to mind when families plan vacations to the Fort Myers/Sanibel Island region? Beaches. Sandy beaches, beaches with lots of shells, beaches where the sun shines nearly every day. The beaches are indeed great, but they are just one of the area’s best-known attractions.

Sanibel Island, recognized as an early leader in ecotourism,  » Read more

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