The shelling brothers return!
These energetic siblings from Dexter, MI, have been turning over shells in the sand for eight years at Ocean’s Reach and this week hit the jackpot. Following one of our dramatic summer thunderstorms, the two set out for a shell hunt. They looked down and made quite a find — a junonia!
The junonia is a deep-water species commonly found in 60 to 120 feet of water. » Read more
Our own Lisa gazes down and over Sanibel from the window seat of a jet plane heading west.
While looking forward to a visit seeing her daughters in the Seattle area, she was delighted to report blue skies and blue water as far as the eye could see!
Isn’t it time for you to enjoy our beach blues? » Read more
If you want to do a few “cool” things away from the beach at Ocean’s Reach this summer, our local visitor’s bureau has a few nearby suggestions to route your way!
Sun Splash Family Water Park in Cape Coral is a wonderful choice, with 14 acres of waterslides, pools and fun. A local favorite, the park is open daily through Aug 9 and weekends Aug 10 – » Read more
Nationally acclaimed bird authors, TV personalities, and longtime Sanibel Island winter residents Don and Lillian Stokes will again contribute their time and expertise to lead two fundraising birders tram tours at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Refuge on the morning of February 10, 2017.
Wildlife Drive is normally closed on Fridays, meaning tour participants will have the birds and the Stokes to themselves. Lillian Stokes will speak about and demonstrate bird photography on one of the trams, » Read more
An amazing discovery was made on our beach one morning last week. We are grateful to the Ocean’s Reach guests who searched and rescued 31 sea turtle hatchlings from the grassy dunes. The hatchlings were later carefully placed in a soft container and released to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which organizes the islands’ sea turtle nesting program. » Read more
A recent article in the “Island Reporter” by Ashley Goodman describes yet another special gentleman in our island community:
As soon as Windell Campbell took the stage at the Sanibel Public Library recently, the entire audience was mesmerized. Not a single eye wandered. During his hour-long storytelling presentation, Campbell acted out scenes with the help of puppets from a variety of beloved children’s books. » Read more
Just look at the photo Jill D. — one of our favorite longtime guests from Dexter, MI — captured during her stay at Oceans’ Reach recently.
Jill wrote: “Caught a cool pic of the rainbow last night (July 31st), and wanted to share! Love this majestic place!”
Thanks so much, Jill — Looking forward to your next visit! » Read more
Our beach is a mermaid magnet! We’ve had three sightings this
year alone. Yet sister mermaids are a rarity.
These beautiful mermaids, Lyndsey and Sydney, are back for a summer visit
along with their handsome brother, Zachary.
We caught up with the mermaids when they washed ashore for some sun and smiles. And according to their grandma, when not swimming with their fins in the ocean, » Read more
Volunteers representing the Mono-filament Busters conservation group recently oversaw the installation of five new mono-filament fishing line recycling stations, expanding the scope of the islands’ three-year-old “Clear Your Gear” campaign.
Clear Your Gear, a collaborative effort among Sanibel and Captiva conservation organizations, aims to reduce the amount of mono-filament line and fishing gear left in our environment, which is very often detrimental to wildlife.
Bird, reptiles, » Read more
A New Way to Volunteer: Hit the Beach as a Shell Ambassador
It isn’t exactly a uniform, but the bright blue shirts and hats with yellow lettering identify the newest category of volunteers for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum: Shell Ambassadors. When volunteers wear their Ambassador apparel to the beach, they’ll not only be enjoying the surf, sun, and shells, they’ll also be available to answer questions and identify shells. » Read more