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  • '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.

  • SCCF’s First Sea Turtle Nest on Sanibel Is A Rare Kemp’s Ridley
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:23 PM

    On Monday, April 16, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Sea Turtle Program reported the first sea turtle nest of the 2018 season.

  • Coastal Keepers Offers Free Reusable Bags at Bailey’s
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2:57 PM

    On May 12 at Bailey’s General Store, Coastal Keepers will hold an event to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags on our islands and educate locals and visitors about the harm plastic bags cause to our environment.

  • Ranger Westland accepts state conservation educator award
    Monday, April 16, 2018 11:58 AM

    On April 21, Toni Westland, supervisory refuge ranger at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, traveled to Crystal River, Fla., to accept the Florida chapter of The Wildlife Society’s (FLTWS) 2018 Outstanding Educator Award. 

  • Great American Cleanup Event Coming to Sanibel
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 10:05 PM
    Coastal Keepers and Ocean Tribe Paddlers will team up on Saturday, April 21, for the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide event led by Keep America Beautiful. Volunteers are invited to spend the morning traveling through Sanibel’s east end canals via paddlecraft, collecting marine debris along the way. 
  • Earth Day Is Sun Day, Celebration At SCCF
    Monday, April 09, 2018 5:58 PM

    Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation will be featuring some solar ideas for a hurricane preparation box.

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