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  • CROW Releases Two Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles
    Monday, July 16, 2018 2:54 PM

    The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) released two critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles the morning of Monday, July 16, at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Collier County.

  • Sea Turtles Continue Nesting; Hatchlings Appearing
    Saturday, July 14, 2018 3:55 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Patrol reported a consistent flow of new nests, bringing the count to 74 nests on the East End of Sanibel, 367 Loggerhead nests and 2 Green nests on the West End of Sanibel, and 138 nests on Captiva.

    There has been a total of 1,687 hatchlings emerge on both islands.

  • 'Ding' Darling Plans Prescribed Burn of Botanical Site
    Friday, July 13, 2018 1:16 PM

    The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with local partners, is planning to conduct prescribed burns of the Botanical Site on Sanibel Island. These burns will reduce the likelihood of uncontrolled wildfires and help achieved habitat management goals of the Botanical Site. Based on current weather forecasts, the refuge and its partners are planning prescribed burns to take place as soon as the week of July16-20, 2018, if weather conditions are favorable.

  • Several Sea Turtle Nests Incubating During Alberto Hatch
    Monday, July 09, 2018 3:27 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has reported 15 sea turtle nests have hatched, as of Monday, July 9. These early nests were incubating when Subtropical Storm Alberto hit in May, so it is encouraging to see they survived the storm.

  • Male Loggerhead Satellite Tagged, Released on Sanibel
    Friday, June 29, 2018 5:00 PM

    An adult male loggerhead sea turtle was fitted with a satellite tracker and released at the West Wind Inn on Sanibel on Thursday following rehabilitation at The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

  • First of Sea Turtle Nests Hatch on Sanibel & Captiva
    Friday, June 29, 2018 4:00 PM

    The first three sea turtle nests of the season hatched last week on Captiva and the first two nests for Sanibel hatched the night of Thursday, June 28. The Captiva nests produced a total of 309 hatchlings. “That is very impressive, especially considering they felt the impacts of Alberto,” states Alexis Horn, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

  • Ocean Tribe Paddlers to Host Canal Paddle
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 5:21 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 with which to paddle.
  • Sanibel Sea School Campers Celebrate Nudibranchs and Plovers
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:28 PM

    Campers at Sanibel Sea School spent the second week of summer camp learning about nudibranchs and plovers – two very exciting marine science topics. Nudibranch Week at the organization’s Flagship Campus was all about the tiny, vibrantly colored marine gastropods, and Baby Plover Week at Canterbury School offered a chance for younger campers to celebrate some of Sanibel’s most adorable birds.

  • Zontians Explore Back Waters of Tarpon Bay
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:00 AM
  • 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.

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