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“Ding” Darling Day 2020

 

In concert with the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and in keeping with CDC protocols, the refuge staff has scaled back activities for this year’s “Ding” Darling Day — scheduled for December 1st — to present a relaxed engaging day outdoors interacting with nature.

Wildlife Drive will be open for free from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  » Read more

Turtle Tally

 

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that the 2020 sea turtle nesting season on Sanibel and Captiva ended on Oct. 31 with some truly remarkable results:

  • 937 nests
  • 78,137 eggs laid
  • 33,784 hatchlings emerged
  • 364 turtle encounters
  • 188 unique individuals
  • 139 turtles newly tagged

As for what is next for the coastal wildlife team,  » Read more

Spectacular Sanibel Video: #5

Several weeks ago, our series of “Spectacular Sanibel Videos” was interrupted when we ran into unexpected technical difficulties.  While the posts seemed to “poof” into cyberspace, our IT techs were able to recently find them for us again.  Enjoy!

 

Photo from The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

 

“I am the sea.

I am the rhythm of the coast.  » Read more

Spectacular Sanibel Videos: #4

Several weeks ago, our series of “Spectacular Sanibel Videos” was interrupted when we ran into unexpected technical difficulties.  While the posts seemed to “poof” into cyberspace, our IT techs were able to recently find them for us again.  Enjoy!

 

A few years ago, our friends at John R. Wood Island Real Estate put together a wonderful little film called “Explore Sanibel Island.”  » Read more

The Island Store Re-Opens

 

Following a year’s worth of renovations, The Island Store on Captiva is once again open to shoppers!

The grocery and delicatessen shop offers wine, beer, produce, meats, essentials, medicines, souvenirs, drinks, cheeses, grab-and-go breakfast and sandwiches.  The staff is working on adding hot deli products soon. 

Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel purchased The Island Store about two years ago.  The renovation project included both the shop’s interior and exterior,  » Read more

Nature Store2

 

Right in time for holiday shopping!

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge has launched “Nature Store2” off-campus at 2250 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel Square.

“Because the Visitor & Education Center has been closed since March, we have suffered significant financial losses with our flagship store shuttered,” said DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller. “All profits from that store support the refuge, so,  » Read more

Luminary “Coastal Distance”

 

In the spirit of good cheer and good health, our annual Luminary festival will work its holiday magic for a full seven days this year!

To ensure everyone’s safety and adhere to CDC guidelines, Luminary 2020: Coastal Distance Edition will be a weeklong celebration where you can help support local Sanibel businesses while leisurely shopping for unique holiday gifts for friends and family.

While the event will look a bit different this year without its namesake luminary bags,  » Read more

One Crazy Storm

 

Andy summed it up best: “Eta is one crazy storm.”

After pummeling parts of Honduras, Nicaragua and other areas of Central America last week, Eta boomerang’d and headed toward Florida this past weekend.  It made a second landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday night and its bands made for a very rainy couple of days here in Southwest Florida.

All indications were that it was headed away from our area,  » Read more

A Zoom Meeting of Sorts

 

Our friends at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge recently published the following:

Thanks to Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra for sharing this clever collage of bird images taken at the Refuge. She also shared that daily drives through “Ding” Darling and communing with the birds have provided her a healthy escape from the stresses of running the city, recently during the COVID crises,  » Read more

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