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  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Raccoon

    Florida raccoons are common throughout the entire state of Florida and are typically smaller than those farther north. The word " Raccoon " is derived from " Arakun ", an Algonquin word meaning " he scratches with his hands". This originates from the fact that raccoons possess a far greater manual dexterity than other small mammals and have a highly developed sense of touch. Their paws are comprised of what looks to be slender fingers that provide for great climbing capabilities as they flee from danger or climb for food such as the seeds of our state tree, the Cabbage Palm.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Reddish Egret

    The Reddish Egret, a conspicuously long-legged and long-necked wading bird of coastal regions, is more tied to salt water than other of our other Herons or Egrets. It is known for its erratic dancing when it forages and is a species of special concern. There are only 3,500 pairs of reddish egrets worldwide, with nearly 10 percent of that population in Florida, where it can reside year-round. This egret is also a year-round resident along the eastern coast of Texas, where the majority of the breeding for the Reddish Egret takes place.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Royal Tern

    The Royal Tern is common along tropical and subtropical shores of the world throughout the entire year, favoring protected warm coastal waters, as in bays, lagoons and estuaries. Habitats throughout Southwest Florida provide ample areas for this bird and plenty of viewing opportunities.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Florida Soft Shell Turtle

    The Florida Softshell Turtle is a species of American Freshwater Turtles, a native of the Southeastern United States and one of the 26 species of turtles found in Florida . It is found all around the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. They prefer slow-moving fresh water bodies that have sand or mud bottoms but will utilize brackish water, often near the mouths of small rivers or streams. They are large turtles, with the adult females being up to 24" in length, twicw that of an adult male. Softshell Turtles can weigh up to 40 pounds and if one of these mistakes your bait / lure for it's next meal, you are in for quite a fight.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Gulf Fritillary

    The Gulf Fritillary is a brightly colored butterfly common across the extreme southern portions of the United States. It is found in all 67 counties in Florida and is a regular inmost butterfly gardens, including those in urban settings. This butterfly does migrate throughout the Southeastern United States with adults moving to the northern limits in the spring and migrating back south throughout the state of Florida in late summer and fall.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Red Bellied Woodpecker

    The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is one of the more common birds you'll find around the area. It's range is all throughout the Southeastern United States and prefers swamp and riverside wooded habitats. It feeds on insects, berries and nuts and sometimes catches flying insects as well.

    
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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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