The Swamp

 

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, which informed the 2018 PBS documentary The Swamp, tells the story of the manmade destruction and attempted resurrection of the Florida Everglades, the riveting history of humanity’s relentless war against nature in Florida, and its belated efforts to make peace.

Ocean’s Reach guests next March will get the opportunity to meet the award-winning author Michael Grunwald in person.  » Read more

“City of Palms” Trivia

Photo from Greater Fort Myers Real Estate

 

Q.  What was the original name of McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers?

A:  Riverside Avenue.

 

Q.  What was the road originally used for?

A.  It was used by cattlemen to run cattle from Fort Myers to Punta Rassa, which was a significant cattle shipping lane in the late 1800s.  » Read more

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

Photo from Earth.com

 

An interesting article from Earth.com, 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

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