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  • Il Cielo, Sanibel Catering Co Join Wines in the Wild Tasting Partners
    Friday, October 19, 2018 11:50 AM
    The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announces Il Cielo and Sanibel Catering Company are among the Food Tasting Partners for Wines in the Wild Friday, Nov. 9.
  • ‘Ding’ Darling Refuge to Kick Off 75th Celebration
    Friday, October 19, 2018 11:00 AM
    In 1945, in fear for the wildlife and wetlands that claimed most of Sanibel Island, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling succeeded in petitioning for the creation of the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge.
  • DDWS Announces ‘Ding’ Days Photo Contest Winners
    Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:42 PM
    “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge announced the winners of its annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest Saturday, Oct. 13 at a special Conservation Art Day presentation in the Refuge Visitor & Education Center, part of the weeklong “Ding” Darling Days celebration on Sanibel Island.
  • Leslie Adams, Sweet Melissa’s Return As Wines in the Wild Tasting Partners
    Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:08 PM
    The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has announced Catering by Leslie Adams and Sweet Melissa’s Café are returning as Food Tasting Partners Friday, Nov. 9 for Wines in the Wild.
  • Tickets on Sale for Sea School's Flip Flop Family Scavenger Hunt
    Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:02 PM
    Teams in the Sanibel Sea School’s Flip Flop Family Scavenger Hunt might need to know things like who was the first mayor of Sanibel or which restaurant Doc Bruce’s chair can be found. This family-friendly, all-ages event will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. All proceeds will support the nonprofit’s scholarship fund, which makes it possible for children and families in need to have meaningful ocean experiences.
  • 'Ding' Days Features Duck Stamp Winners
    Saturday, October 13, 2018 4:36 PM

    The legendary cartoonist and conservationist J.N. “Ding” Darling created the very first U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Duck Stamp, so it’s appropriate that ‘Ding’ Darling Days at the refuge include recognition of this year’s contest winners.

  • Sanibel Farmer's Market Returns For 11th Season With Big Opening Day
    Tuesday, October 09, 2018 5:10 PM

    The Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market returned for its 11th season Sunday, Oct. 7, at City Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd. Excitement was in the air as crowds bustled around the market after a long summer break. Many vendors reported it was one of the biggest opening days they could remember.

  • In the Garden Spirit Tree Benefits Captains for Clean Water
    Saturday, October 06, 2018 3:11 PM
    In The Garden – Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center and Outdoor Showroom -- has plated a spirit tree that benefits local non-profits. The Olive tree was chosen because it represents love and charity. Spirit tree donations from Oct. 10-31 will benefit Captains for Clean Water.
  • Live Wildlife Presentations, Kidz Kool Zone, Service Vehicle Demos Highlights of 'Ding' Family Fun Day
    Friday, October 05, 2018 10:55 AM
    Sunday Family Fun Day winds up the weekend-long “Ding” Darling Days Oct. 14 at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, and Tarpon Bay Explorers have planned a free day packed with activities for all ages from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • SCCF Wines in the Wild Announces Lead Sponsors
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:00 PM
    The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announces Bank of the Islands as returning Presenting Sponsor for Wines in the Wild scheduled for Friday, November 9.
  • Dr. Jose Leal To Speak at Shell Club Season Opener
    Monday, October 01, 2018 3:27 PM
    The first meeting for the 2018-19 season of the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the auditorium on the main level of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. It is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.
  • DDWS Welcomes Two New Interns
    Friday, September 28, 2018 2:27 PM
    Two interns joined the team effort at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in September. April Boehnen and Chris Gutierrez will be working fulltime with the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge until June 2019 to support the refuge.
  • Coastal Keepers to Host The Launch 2.0
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:29 PM
    Coastal Keepers will hold a second rendition of its annual fundraiser, The Launch, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House. This very enjoyable evening will include cocktails, a sustainable and delicious dinner, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and a few very special surprises – all in support of local conservation initiatives.
  • CROW Meets Challenge for Endowment Fund
    Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:06 PM
    The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is excited to announce that the challenge to raise $50,000 to match a gift to CROW’s Endowment Fund, made anonymously in January, has been met.
  • Bunche Beach Birding Tram, Ranger Tours highlights of ‘Ding’ Days Friday
    Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:42 PM
    “Let’s Get Outside Day” kicks off this year’s weekend-long “Ding” Darling Days on Friday, Oct. 12, at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. A free Bunche Beach Birding Tram departs from the refuge at 8 a.m. to experience low tide at the active birding park across the causeway. The three-hour tour is an annual highlight of “Ding” Days, and spaces are limited, so make reservations with Tarpon Bay Explorers (TBE) in advance at 239-472-8900.
  • Ocean Tribe Paddling Club Meet-Ups Return
    Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:18 PM
    The Ocean Tribe Paddlers’ monthly meet-ups have been on hiatus for the past few months, but will return on October 9th with a group paddle on beautiful San Carlos Bay. Participants are invited to meet on the west side of Causeway Island A at 4:45 PM, then paddlers will depart to enjoy about an hour on the water together.
  • Tarpon Bay Launch Ramp Re-opens
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:09 AM

    Earlier this month, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge reopened the public launch ramp at Tarpon Bay. Due to the construction of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s new marine lab along with upgrades to Tarpon Bay’s seawall and dock, the public launch ramp was closed to all personal vessel.

  • Captiva Tri Converted to Duathlon Over Red Tide Concerns
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:55 AM

    Due to concerns over red tide conditions, the Captiva Tri-Athalon has been converted to a duathlon (run-bike-run) with a quarter mile beach run to replace the swim if beach conditions allow. If the beach is not clear enough for running, it will switch to a bike-run with a time-trial start in transition.

  • Popular Island Eatery Supports Popular 10K Race
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:19 AM

    Lazy Flamingo is a Silver Sponsor of the 10th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., an event as popular as the ice-cold, freshly-shucked oysters and clams on the half shell served at the island eatery.

  • Few Days Remain To Vote For 'Ding' Restroom
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:59 AM

    The last day to vote for the Learning Lavatories at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center in the 2018 America’s Best Restroom® Contest is Sept. 18. The refuge’s restrooms are among 10 finalists the public can vote on at

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