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New Sea Turtle Tracking Study

sea turtle hatchling

Thanks to our friends at WGCU News for this interesting piece. Read — or listen — here!

Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. This year, researchers are beginning a new tagging study to learn more about the nesting habits of turtles coming ashore on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has two new staffers this season patrolling the beaches at night and applying flipper tags to female sea turtles coming ashore to nest.  » Read more

Birthday Wishes!

Wendy's Birthday

It was chocolate eclairs all around as we celebrated Wendy’s birthday recently!

Wendy works as the House Manager for BIG ARTs during “season” on Sanibel, helping to coordinate their vast assortment of artistic performances each winter.

We’re always excited, however, to “get her back” to Ocean’s Reach to help out part-time at our Guest Services desk during the spring and summer. With Wendy, guests always feel warmly welcomed each time they visit.  » Read more

Our Very Own Graduate

Jocelyn Harder

We’re just bursting with pride around here!

We certainly couldn’t be any prouder of our “very own” Jocelyn Harder, who many of you may recognize as one of the friendly faces from the Ocean’s Reach front desk. As Andy’s niece, Jocelyn has virtually grown up around here, first as a very young “helper outer” and then in various capacities throughout high school and college breaks.

Jocelyn graduated from the University of Vermont in Burlington last week,  » Read more

We’re So Proud!

Lisa's daughter 1

Lisa's daughter 2

Lisa and her family traveled up to North Carolina recently to celebrate as daughter, Marin, graduated from historic Davidson College. In addition to commencement, they enjoyed a full weekend of activities, including a unique graduation picnic held on the grounds of a quarry in nearby Mooresville.

Marin received a four-year scholarship as part of the school’s prestigious Bonner Scholars Program, during which she completed 280 hours of community service each year.  » Read more

Kids Sailing Camp

Junior Sailing Camp 1

Junior Sailing Camp 2

Junior Sailing Camp 3

Do you have an aspiring sailor in your family?

If so, be sure to check out the 2016 Junior Sailing Camp, being offered once again in two summer sessions by the Captiva Yacht Club for kids aged 8 – 15.

Now in its sixth year, the program has received rave reviews from past participants.  » Read more

Island Night is Coming!

Sam Bailey

Thanks to our friends at the “Island Reporter” (and writer Meghan McCoy) for the following:

Islands Night continues tradition of gathering community

Now in its 23rd year, a tradition that began by Sam Bailey continues to gather the communities of Sanibel and Captiva together for a night out at Hammond Stadium.

“It’s a great opportunity to see and celebrate this special unique community we have on Sanibel and Captiva and all the people we share that with,”  » Read more

The Intricate Designs of Mother Nature

Ornate Box Turtle


Del and Margaret S. — valued guests to Ocean’s Reach for more than 20 years — recently sent us this photo that they found of their trip from Iowa last December.

What a beautifully intricate sight!

This turtle, aptly named, is called an Ornate Box Turtle.

The Ornate Box Turtle is a relatively small turtle, measuring only 4 to 6 inches in length.  » Read more

Blooming Beauty

royal poinciana

It’s worth a trip to Sanibel in spring and early summer just to catch a glimpse of nature’s vibrant colors. And the royal poinciana boasts the most flamboyance, offering an extravagant canopy of fire engine red blooms and large green lacy leaves. We call it a classic Florida show-stopper and bet you can’t take your eyes off this blooming beauty.  » Read more

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