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Back to Our Roots


Coastal Watch wants everyone to understand just how important a role mangroves play in the ecosystem surrounding Sanibel and Captiva islands.

Mangroves are a vital source of energy, provide nursery habitats for juvenile fish and nesting habitats for wading birds, stabilize shorelines by reducing erosion and are a buffer against storm damage.  Many people are familiar with these iconic trees, but few may understand how tightly linked they are to the marine ecosystem in Southwest Florida.

This year, Coastal Watch is embarking on a new initiative to teach the value of mangroves on the islands through community involvement.  Through the educational initiative, “Back to Our Roots,” it is inviting nature enthusiasts to “adopt” their own mangrove to nurture so it can be planted at a mangrove restoration site on Sanibel or Captiva.

The new initiative includes a mangrove workshop where participants gain a deeper understanding of mangrove biology and their role in Southwest Florida’s marine ecosystem.

The “Back to Our Roots” virtual workshops will be held on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and the coastal heritage.  For more information, visit or contact [email protected]

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