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  • SWEET SHOTS: Lesser Yellow Legs

    The Lesser Yellow legs is in the Sandpiper family and is found in marshes, mudflats, along the shoreline and in ponds throughout Southwest Florida during the winter months. They are common in freshwater sites but are also seen in our coastal estuaries.

  • SWEET SHOTS: The Black Vulture

    The Black Vulture is an abundant bird all throughout the Southeastern United States and has expanded it's range northward into the northeast over recent years. The cause is not fully known but habitat loss for nesting could be one possible reason. It is typically found in flat lowlands, such as coastal plains, foraging in open country yet roosting and nesting in forests.

  • SWEET SHOTS: The Marsh Rabbit

    In appearance, the Marsh Rabbit is basically a cottontail rabbit without the cottontail. It looks smaller than the Eastern cottontail rabbit, but that's due to not having as much hair.

    They are found in coastal plains from Virginia to Alabama and all throughout Florida but they only live where there is water. Whether it be fresh or salt water doesn't seem to make a difference to the Marsh rabbit.

  • SWEET SHOT: The Mottled Duck

    The Mottled duck, which is a close relative of the Mallard, is the only dabbling duck specialized for nesting in southern marshes. Throughout Florida however, the "pure" stock of the Mottled Duck is being threatened due to interbreeding with Mallards, which are probably the most familiar duck to many people and are still one of the most abundant ducks in the world. Mottled ducks are found in Florida year-round as well as other coastal Gulf of Mexico areas, with some documented to migrate from the northern Gulf of Mexico Coast to Eastern coastal Mexico.

  • SWEET SHOTS: The Common Gallinule

    The Common Gallinule is common throughout marshes in both North and South America. Formerly it was referred to as the Common Moorhen, but in 2011 the American Ornithologists Union voted to split the American population of the bird into it's own seperate species, the Common Gallinule. The Common Gallinule and its relative, the Common Moorhen ( elsewhere in the world ) are the most commonly seen members of the Rail family around much of the world.

  • SWEET SHOTS: The Limpkin

    The Limpkin is found throughout Florida in freshwater marshes, along the shores of ponds and lakes and in wooded swamps. It's range, it's habitat and distribution are dictated by the presence of it's preferred prey, the Apple Snail.

    
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Start Time: 10:03 AM
Location: Sanibel Recreation Center
3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
End Time: 12:00 AM
Phone: (239) 472-0345
Website: http://www.mysanibel.com
The Sanibel Recreation Department "Summer Day Camp" is a traditional eleven week day camp offered to children entering grades first through eighth. Campers will participate in activities such as swimming, arts and crafts and athletics, as well as, a variety of games. Special guests along with an enhanced field trip itinerary will also be a part of the action. Campers should bring swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and a brown bag lunch daily.

This week's (week 5 - June 30-July 3) activities include: Fishing with the Optimist Club, Horseback Riding at Saddlewood Horse Club, Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Native Sports Tween Waters Marina, Gymnastics at Gymnastics World, Golfing at The Sanctuary, Pop Dance Power Hour, Skate Park Clinic, Basketball Skills and Games, Tennis and Archery. Grades 1 - 3 will travel on Wednesday to "31 Produce" Farm and grades 4-8 will travel on Thursday to Muscle Car City. No camp on Friday, July 4. Don’t miss out on all the action! Sign up now!
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Start Time: 10:17 AM
Location: BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery
900 Dunlop Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
End Time: 12:00 AM
Phone: 239-395-0900

Each edgy, innovative, offbeat, trailblazing, and provocative film showing includes a post-film discussion led by Hyde Tucker. The Not-For-Monday-Night Film Series is a part of the BIG ARTS Film Academy. Each screening is accompanied by a comprehensive discussion designed to provide unique insights into the art of filmmaking.

Date: May 27, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

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Start Time: 10:31 AM
Location: J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Center
End Time: 12:00 AM

Join a naturalist for story-time at our refuge. Bring your family to hear an exciting wildlife themed story and make a craft about an animal in our estuarine ecosystem. Story-time is appropriate for pre-k through 6th, although everyone is welcome. 30 minutes inside the Education Center

Date: May 30, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

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Start Time: 11:33 AM
Location: "G" dock at Port Sanibel Marina
14341 Port Comfort Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33908
End Time: 12:00 AM

Cruise into your loved ones heart with the Valentine's Day Sunset Dolphin Cruise!

Complimentary soft drinks, bottled water & cupcakes!

Hop on our 45ft power catamaran and cruise around the beautiful San Carlos Bay. Watch dolphins play in the water while listening to tropical music and narrations by our knowledgeable captain and first mate. Travel around Bird Island where hundreds of birds flock in every night for their evening roost.

Date/Time Information:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Departs at 5:30pm
Returns at 7:00pm
 
Contact Information:
239-472-8443
 
Fees/Admission:
$29 per passenger

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Start Time: 1:26 PM
Location: Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ
2050 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 333957
End Time: 12:00 AM

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ: 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL
Copy: The popular “Recycled” Book Sale at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, will be open to the public from 1-3pm every Sunday through March 29th.  Included in the sale will be gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, games, jewelry, small gift items and lots of other bargains!  Fiction is arranged alphabetically by author, and non-fiction by subject.  Proceeds benefit local non-profit agencies supported by the church.  The sale is held in the Rookery Bookery on the ground level beyond the courtyard garden.  The church is located across the street from Periwinkle Place Shopping plaza.

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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