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  • 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.

  • SWEET SHOTS: Double-Crested Cormorant

    The Double-crested Cormorant, a long-lived water bird, inhabits coasts, bays, lakes and rivers across the entire United States. This very adaptable long-bodied diving bird is found in almost any aquatic habitat and even nests in trees near or over the water, on sea cliffs, or on ground on islands. Never being too far from the water, the Cormorant is a popular sight on Sanibel and Captiva, often seen in colonies with their slender necks outstretched and their wings half-spread to dry. The Double-crested Cormorant as well as other Cormorant species do have glands that provide waterproofing of their feathers but all too often these are insufficient so they must allow their wet feathers to dry before taking flight.

  • SWEET SHOTS: Black Skimmer

    A recent trip through Redfish Pass (between Captiva and North Captiva) gave me a great chance to see a large group of Black Skimmers, which I hadn't seen in years. The skimmer photographed here was actually captured on a golf course lake at The Sanctuary a few years ago. The large group of Skimmers we encountered recently were resting on a sandbar where they are often seen this time of the year as well as on many of our local beaches.

     

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Gaillardia

    Gaillardia, also known as Blanket Flower, is a native perennial that blooms throughout the summer and well into the fall. Often, it can be seen blooming year round in bright sun areas that are protected from our cool northern winds.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM SANCTUARY GC: Great Crested Flycatcher

    The Great-crested Flycatcher is a cavity nester that is often more easily heard than seen, with rolling calls echoing through the woods. It's often found in more open wooded areas and around the edges of clearings. This member of the Tyrant Flycatcher family can be found year-round in Southern Florida.

    
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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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