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Hooked on the Historical Village

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What an endeavor!

Sanibel Historical Village volunteer Barbara Broadhurst recently donated a hand-hooked rug to the village for display. The rug, measuring approximately 4-feet-6-inches by seven-feet, represents more than 500 hours of labor and $1,000 in material. It depicts the village’s buildings with complete accuracy, with the buildings’ names hooked in the border.

The village rug was on Broadhurst’s mind for a couple of years;  » Read more

Tarpon Bay Explorers Looking Forward to Season

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Our friends over at Tarpon Bay Explorers, the official concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, are excited for Sanibel Island’s “season” to begin.

Though challenges lay ahead with neighboring construction next year, Tarpon Bay Explorers will remain open throughout the course of the building of SCCF’s new Marine Lab on site.

“All of our tours and rentals will operate as normal as any other season,”  » Read more

A Christmas Lighthouse

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This charming replica of the Sanibel Lighthouse lights up the home and hearts of Andy’s relatives during the Christmas season. A family favorite for almost 10 years, the decorative centerpiece is also a collector’s item, making it even more sentimental. Approximately 20” x 18” high, it is a near-perfect model of the historic lighthouse located at the east end of Sanibel Island.

Perhaps the most photographed structure on Sanibel,  » Read more

Sharing a Favorite Photo

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Thanks to the Pittman Family for the lovely photo they are sharing with us!

Just wanted to share a photo of one of my favorite times on the beach. We have come
down every June for the past 10 years and we love, love, love Sanibel!!!

Sincerely,
The Pittman family  » Read more

Join the Flock!

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White Ibis will surprise you with their unusual meetup locations throughout Sanibel —sidewalks, lawns, parking lots and even Ocean’s Reach!

Our location provides ample feeding and wading opportunities for many species of “long-legged waders” where they are abundant, year-round residents. There is no better place to observe, study and photograph these graceful, beautiful birds than our beach, pond and wetlands.  » Read more

A Dance for Two

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This post was published by mistake on Friday with the wrong photo. Our sincere apologies to Frank M. and to all of our followers.

Look at the cute sight one of our favorite long-time guests — Frank M. from Groton Point, CT — caught during his last visit: two Pileated Woodpeckers dancing around Ocean’s Reach!

The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent.  » Read more

Preserving History

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The bridge over Blind Pass connecting Sanibel and Captiva; photo courtesy CIHS.

Since 2012, the Captiva Island Historical Society (CIHS) has digitized more than 10,000 items, including images, documents and recordings. Recently, those digitized items were cataloged and are available for public viewing on the CIHS website. Each piece shares an intriguing tidbit about Captiva.

“It is exciting to see historical images that pop up on the screen,  » Read more

“Ding” Photo Contest Winners

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First Place Winner: Tom Korbutt – River Otter

With much anticipation (drum roll please), the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society announced the winners of its annual amateur photography contest. And they’re impressive! 120 entries from 17 states and five countries competed for cash prizes and display at the Visitor & Education Center–nearly twice as many entries as in 2015! The judges awarded 12 honorable mentions and three winners.  » Read more

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