World Migratory Bird Day



On Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Ding” Darling will honor World Migratory Bird Day with a conservation fair on the grounds in front of the Visitor & Education Center.

Migratory birds are now flooding across the continent, as they return to their nesting grounds in the spring.  However, the number of birds coming back each year is decreasing as birds face mounting challenges across their journeys.   » Read more

An Enduring Friendship


From the Ford News Europe Blog:

While their world-changing achievements are well documented, the intense and genuine friendship between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison is less well known. 

Edison was Ford’s boyhood hero, and it was a brief encounter at the 1896 Association of Edison Illuminating Companies convention in New York that would ignite the friendship that would last for the rest of their lives.   » Read more

Share the Shore


We wanted to again share this short, educational video that highlights the threats Sanibel shorebirds face every day.

Produced by the City of Sanibel, in partnership with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, and Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society, the video also showcases simple ways visitors to the island can be good neighbors to shorebirds and other coastal wildlife.

Some helpful tips:

Special Encore Exhibits


The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge’s “Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash” debuted in 2019 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife on Sanibel and raise awareness for recycling.  It spawned an encore show this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DDWS.  Now, two exhibitions will showcase the “best of the best” of the two runway shows.  » Read more

A Key Lime Mecca

Mrs. C.B. Chadwick with friends circa 1923; photo from Captiva Island Historical Society.


The Chadwick Plantation, where South Seas Island Resort now spreads, was once the world’s largest producer of key limes.

Fast forward a century, and key lime most definitely remains a favorite on the islands!

Very often, you’ll hear residents and guests debating about the best Key Lime Pie on Sanibel and Captiva.   » Read more

Sleeping Next to Whom?


Have you ever ventured just kitty-corner across the street from the entrance to Ocean’s Reach?

If so, you may know about one of the best kept secrets on Sanibel Island!

It’s where you can just so happen to find a slice of the island’s bike trails that leads to Sanibel’s “Pioneer Cemetery,” adjacent to Gulfside City Park.

The land was donated by the Rev.  » Read more

Captiva Yacht Club

Photos from Stevens Construction


The Captiva Yacht Club has just completed renovating its 33-year-old facility, and the gorgeous new look is reflected in a fully transformed dining area, Founders Room, office space and commercial kitchen.

Sanibel’s Amy Nowacki served as both the architect and interior designer for the project.  Her design concept focused on bringing the coastal colors of the sea into the building.  » Read more

Meet Bubble Butt!


If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, let me introduce you to Bubble Butt!

The first and longest permanent resident of The Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys recently celebrated his 33rd anniversary with the facility.

The Green sea turtle was rescued on March 25, 1989 after being struck by a boat in the Gulf of Mexico near Southwest Florida.   » Read more

New Air Service


Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) will see another carrier added to its schedules this summer.

Budget-friendly Breeze Airways will bring nonstop flights to two cities not currently served at RSW — Las Vegas, Nevada and Charleston, South Carolina.

The flights will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting June 11, utilizing a brand new A220-300 aircraft known for its generous personal space and quieter ride.  » Read more

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