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Happy 40th Anniversary!


The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, one of the first two friends group created for the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System, begins celebrating its 40th anniversary year today.

The yearlong celebration begins with the reveal of a new 40th anniversary logo for DDWS shown above.

DDWS helps the refuge plan a full slate of special events each year.  Events coming up soon include the annual “Ding” Darling Day (October 10),  » Read more

A “Ping” from Key West


You may recall reading our posts about SCCF’s efforts to track a loggerhead sea turtle they had named Junonia.

She was first encountered in 2016 and had been observed nesting on Sanibel Island three years in a row in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

On June 16, 2020, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation staff fastened her with a satellite transmitter, intended to track her movements to her foraging grounds.  » Read more

Captiva Spirits


Captiva Spirits has launched the world’s first all-natural Key Lime Honey Vodka, and invites you to share a bit of “sunshine in a bottle” with your friends and family.

Captiva Spirits makes its Key Lime Honey Vodka with 100 percent gluten-free, organic corn mash and locally sourced key limes and raw honey.

Nearly 30 Southwest Florida restaurants, bars, and liquor outlets from Naples to Sarasota now carry the one-of-a-kind vodka created by partners Rob Johnson and Michael Puzia.  » Read more

The Farmers Market is Back!


The Sanibel Farmers Market opens for its 14th season this weekend!

Located at the Sanibel City Hall, it has become one of Southwest Florida’s most beloved places to go to for fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of other local treats.

The Sanibel Farmers Market, now featuring about 50 vendors, will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday (including Easter) through May 29,  » Read more

What is That Blob?

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What exactly is that mysterious “blob” that Sanibel Island guests have been known to run across on the beach?

Is it a plant?  An animal?  Some type of alien spy?  The peculiar blob is known as a sea pork, not to be confused with any relative of Wilbur’s.

Scientifically, a sea pork is a “tunicate,”  » Read more

Here Horsey Horsey


Lined SeahorsesHippocampus Erectus, are now on exhibit in the Beyond Shells living gallery at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

Lined Seahorses, as so many of the marine creatures that can be found in our backyard of Pine Island Sound, are truly fascinating.

The outer surface of their body is composed of bony plates, a long snout, and a prehensile tail.   » Read more

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