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An Earth-Healthy School Year

 

Courtesy of our friends at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, here’s a list of helpful Green Tips for an Earth-Healthy School Year:

    1.   Check last year’s backpack for supplies you can repurpose this year.
    2.   Buy used books.
    3.   Shop for eco-friendly, reusable school supplies.
    4.   Take your own lunch, packaged in reusable materials.
    5.   Use a water bottle for beverages instead of plastic throw-aways.
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A Hybrid Sea Turtle

 

Meet Flame Lily — a hybrid sea turtle!

Each year, SCCF sea turtle staff encounter about 160 unique individual turtles at night during their field season — and some of them really make an impression.

When the team first encountered a turtle named Flame Lily (identified by her tags) last summer, they were struck by her narrow and pointed beak, resembling more of a hawksbill sea turtle,  » Read more

More “Ah-Ha” Moments

 

Just as with SCCF and Captiva Cruises yesterday, our friends at “Ding” Darling have also done a great job inspiring young students from Southwest Florida.

With the help of their new mobile classroom, Ding’s summer outreach programs multiplied its conservation education programming reach to 15 times the number of students they had previously hosted through past traditional, on-site camp experiences.

A total of 1,243 students benefited from refuge educational efforts this summer.  » Read more

No Child Left On Shore

 

Earlier this summer, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and Captiva Cruises hosted 24 middle-schoolers from The Immokalee Foundation as part of their long-time No Child Left On Shore initiative.

The environmental education outreach program provides Southwest Florida youths with an informative and fun way to gain experiential knowledge about the ecology of the region’s marine environment.

Accompanied by foundation staff and SCCF environmental educator Richard Finkel,  » Read more

8th Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

Gary LeVox

 

There’s music in the air!

We can’t wait for the 8th Island Hopper Songwriter Fest to return to Southwest Florida soon from September 16 – 25.

The 10-day Island Hopper music festival features performances by some of the country’s greatest BMI singer-songwriters.  More than 70 singer-songwriters are scheduled to perform 100+ shows during the event, sharing stories behind their songs in intimate settings throughout Southwest Florida.   » Read more

A Snowy Plover Success Story

 

Thanks to our friends at SCCF for this delightful update!

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that in 2020, Sanibel’s oldest known snowy plover — named Orange/Black for the ID bands on her leg — fledged a single chick.  She was at least 12 years old at the time, having been banded in 2009.  That was her last known nest attempt,  » Read more

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