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  • Sea Turtle Nesting Continues To Grow On Sanibel's West End
    Friday, June 15, 2018 6:15 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation reports sea turtle nesting is ramping up on Sanibel’s west end, where there has been great nesting on that stretch of beach. The east end of Sanibel, along with Captiva, remain a bit slower in nesting.

  • Sea School's First Week of Summer Camp Is A Success
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:17 AM

    Sanibel Sea School kicked off the summer camp season on June 4th with Hammerhead Week at the organization’s Sanibel Flagship Campus, and Mangrove Tree Crab Week at its Sundial Beach Resort and Spa location. Both programs were a success, and campers enjoyed five days of ocean-based activities and adventures.

  • CROW Treats, Releases Loggerhead Diagnosed With Red Tide Poisoning
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5:51 PM

    The Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife released a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle Tuesday, June 12 on Fort Myers Beach with the help of Turtle Time, Inc. volunteers. The group rescued the turtle May 29 when it was found floating upside down in the surf. It was transported to CROW, where it received care and treatment for brevetoxicosis (known as red tide poisoning).

    Prior to its release, the turtle was tagged with a passive integrated transponder and a flipper tag on each of its front flippers. This is the fifth sea turtle in 2018 to be treated and released from CROW for red tide poisoning.

  • Sea Turtle Nesting Rises on Sanibel's West End
    Sunday, June 10, 2018 8:00 AM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation reports Sanibel’s west end is catching up to last year’s sea turtle nesting count and as of Thursday, June 7, it was three nests shy of the 2017 number. Sanibel’s east end and Captiva remain slow in nesting.

  • SCCF Partners With Island Cinema To Show 'Saving Sea Turtles'
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 1:58 PM

    In celebration of the rare Kemp’s ridley nest that started Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s 2018 season, the award-winning documentary ‘Saving Sea Turtles – Preventing Extinction’ will be shown at noon Sunday, June 3, at Island Cinema. Tickets are $10.

    The feature-length independent film, narrated by renowned scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, tells the larger natural historical story of the world’s rarest sea turtle and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and now slowly helping it to recover. From the beaches of Massachusetts to Mexico, Texas and Georgia, the film highlights the collaborative work being done to save a species from disappearing.

  • 'Ding' Free Summer Programs Begin June 6
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:14 AM

    Wildlife Wonders talks, weekly walks, and nature crafts highlight the free summer programs running June 6 through August 4, 2018, at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

    Summer programming is made possible by support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS). The schedule of weekly activities follows. No pre-registration is necessary.

  • Annual Golf Outing, Auction Raises Funds, Awareness for Water Quality
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:28 AM

    On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of REALTORS®, held their annual “End of Season” Party and Water Quality Auction to support the water quality improvement and awareness efforts of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

  • ‘Ding’ Tarpon Tournament Breaks Records With $120K
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:04 PM

    The seventh annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament on May 11, 2018, topped previous years’ fundraising efforts by netting $120,000 from tournament sponsorships, donations, and silent auction proceeds to benefit the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • All Sanibel Team Wins SWFL CISMA Non-Native Fish Roundup
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:28 PM

    An all-Sanibel team composed of three 8-year-olds and an adult won the SW Florida CISMA Non-native Fish Roundup after weighing in with nearly 50 pounds of invasive fish May 5. The Sanibel team consisted of Yuan and Joy Bonhayag and Kai and Josh Schwartz. Mark Thompson and Scott Schwartz also accompanied the group to lend support. Yuan and Joy teamed up to catch the greatest weight of fish and the biggest fish awards. They were competing against folks from all of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties. 

  • Strawless on Sanibel Welcomes New Partners
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:24 PM

    Coastal Keepers’ newest initiative is called Strawless on Sanibel (SOS), a campaign designed to reduce the use of disposable plastic straws on our islands and educate locals and visitors about the harm single-use disposable plastics can cause to wildlife and our environment. The organization partners with local businesses that have pledged to transition away from plastic straws, providing support and guidance throughout the implementation process.

  • CROW Releases Juvenile Bald Eagle
    Monday, May 14, 2018 9:41 AM

    The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife released a fledgling bald eagle the morning of Friday, May 11, in the area of its nest in Fort Myers. The young eagle was rescued by CROW volunteers in the same area on April 27 after it was observed on the ground for over 24 hours without being provided food by the adults.

  • Sea Turtle Nesting Season Underway
    Friday, May 11, 2018 3:22 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Sea Turtle Program has tracked a few nests coming in, while waiting for the season to kick into high gear. The chart below compares nest counts from May 11, 2017 to May 11, 2018

  • Sam Bailey's Islands Night Celebrates 25th Year
    Friday, May 11, 2018 2:05 PM

    Wednesday, May 9th was the 25th year of Sanibel and Captiva islanders coming together to celebrate their community at the now CenturyLink Sports Complex – Hammond Stadium.

  • Tarpon Bay Explorers Hosts Dr. Jerry Jackson for WGCU Fundraiser
    Monday, May 07, 2018 6:21 PM

    Tarpon Bay Explorers hosted renowned ornithologist, Dr. Jerry Jackson and 19 other wildlife enthusiasts Saturday, May 5, for a combined birding trip fundraiser through Tarpon Bay. 

  • Culver-Stockton College Visits Sanibel Sea School
    Monday, May 07, 2018 6:12 PM

    Students from Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., visited Sanibel Sea School during their spring “Three-Week Term,” a time period at the end of each semester designated for educational travel and work experiences. The group participated in field-based lectures and activities designed to complement their classroom learning in topics such as environmental studies, sustainability, and ecology. 

  • Founding President Revisits Bike Club's History
    Friday, May 04, 2018 1:11 AM

    It has a cylindrical, bi-level water fountain in English racing green, a pair of sparkling-white benches that will stay cool even on hot days, a detailed map of Sanibel roads and byways, some welcome shade from native trees, and, of course, a bike rack. It’s the new rest area beside the shared-use path at the corner of Middle Gulf Drive and Casa Ybel Road – and Keith Trowbridge approves.

  • Mulch, Mulch, Go Away, Come Back Another Day
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:56 PM

    Hurricane Irma created a tremendous number of downed trees, limbs, and stumps that had to be hauled away.

  • Ocean Tribe Paddling Club To Explore Bowman’s Beach Mangrove
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:22 PM

    Sanibel Sea School's Ocean Tribe Paddling Club organizes a meet-up each month for paddling enthusiasts to enjoy a group paddle, share tips and ideas, and meet new friends to paddle with.

  • SCCF Shares 'Hurricane Hacks' on Earth Day
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:03 AM

    From presentations by the founder of an inflatable solar light company to the homemade hacks of seasoned islanders who have weathered several hurricanes, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s (SCCF) Earth Day celebration offered some very practical takeaways.

  • Dozen Volunteers Retrieve Trash From Canals for Great American Cleanup
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:56 PM

    A dozen volunteers joined Coastal Keepers and Ocean Tribe Paddlers for the Great American Cleanup Saturday, April 21, to retrieve trash from the canals on the East end of Sanibel Island. On kayaks and paddle boards, they worked the length of the canals finding plastic bags, drink bottles, fishing lines and hooks, along with a beach lounge chair, a pool float, and a floating half bottle of Scotch.

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