Have you ever wondered how SCCF’s researchers study seagrasses, diamondhead terrapins and sea turtles? How do you track eastern indigo snake populations across different islands in Pine Island Sound? How do you measure water quality and use the raw data to tell a story? What can tracking the movements of green sea turtles tell us about them? How do you restore an oyster reef, and why do it?
Meet the scientists and staffers at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation who are always happy to answer your questions and talk more about how guidance from SCCF helps in the continued success of managing our island wildlife and environment.
Better yet, if you’re on the island today, head over to their Open House at the Nature Center from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., where you can join in the fun with games, activities and refreshments!
The Nature Sounds Contest begins at 11:45 a.m. with categories for the young at heart; age 4 and younger; and three school age groups. A special category for groups and families will be added this year, and there will be prizes for everyone. At 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation on SCCF’S RECON (River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network) water sensors and weather stations, where you can learn how the sensors work and how the information they provide is used by scientists all over Florida. Lastly, there will be a number of exhibits to enjoy, and of course, the wonderful nature trails to hike in SCCF’s 240-acre Nature Center Preserve.