They’ve Hatched!


For loyal followers of our blog, you may be delighted to learn that the first leatherback sea turtle nest ever on Captiva has hatched!

The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has been keeping us up to date on this very rare occurence.

SCCF Volunteer Permittee Kerry Salatino saw that the leatherback nest had hatched recently and was able to photograph two hatchlings that were still making their way the sea.   » Read more

Calling All Amateur Photographers!

2019 Contest First Place Winner: Kent Jager – White-eyed Vireo


The popular “Ding” Darling Day Amateur Nature Photography Contest is back!

The submission deadline for this year’s contest is Sept. 15, 2020.  All entries must be submitted electronically.  Cash award prizes in honor of the refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration this year are $300 for first place, $225 for second,  » Read more

Preventing Beach Erosion


R. S. Walsh Landscaping recently donated new grasses to help with the important task of preventing beach erosion on the islands. They installed 250 Native Seashore Paspalum grasses, 70 Seacoast Marsh Elders and 250 Sea Purslane to help protect and enhance the beach at the end of Sanibel-Captiva Road, near Blind Pass.

“We are proud to help enhance this project, and the city has done an excellent job of executing the project in a fast-tracked manner to protect the roadway,” said Jeremy Walsh,  » Read more

Red, White, Blue and Green!


Ocean’s Reach owners Ed and Lisa C., who recently moved from Barrington, IL to Sanibel Island, along with their daughter, Nicole, participated in the Fourth of July Golf Scramble at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club.  

The terrific threesome, pictured above on the 15th hole, won the event with a gross score of 59.

For fellow hackers out there,  » Read more

Frog Watch

Photo by John Cassani


Consider yourself a good listener?

The Southwest Florida Amphibian Monitoring Network, or Frog Watch, collects long-term data on frog communities of our region. Volunteers, which include researchers, students, and members of the public walk specific routes at night during the summer listening for the sounds of frog calls and collecting that data.

Their goal is to determine potential factors that might influence long-term changes in frog populations and communities,  » Read more

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