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  • 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

  • New Sanibel Run Club Training for 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.
    Saturday, September 08, 2018 4:37 PM

    Eva George contacted the Sanibel Recreation Center with an interest in training for the popular 10K Race 4 F.I.SH. - Sanibel’s only foot race dedicated to F.I.S.H. of SANCAP, a leading non-profit human services organization focused on neighbors helping neighbors.


  • CROW Animal Ambassador Gets New Lease on Life
    Friday, September 07, 2018 10:04 AM

    A gopher tortoise and Animal Ambassador at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife for the past three years has been returned to the wild at Perico Preserve in Manatee County after being deemed rehabilitated and capable of survival by state officials.

  • TBE Offers Discount Rentals For National Public Lands Day
    Wednesday, September 05, 2018 11:09 AM

    Tarpon Bay Explorers will be treating visitors to a 25 percent discount on kayak, paddleboard and bike rentals in honor of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 22.

  • BOTI Returns as Silver Sponsor of 10K Race
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018 11:16 AM

    Bank of the Islands, a name synonymous with island community banking since 1974, shows its support of the 10th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. as a Silver Sponsor. The carefully plotted foot race, which draws hundreds of runners each year, benefits the neighbor-helping-neighbor organization F.I.S.H. of SANCAP.

  • 'Ding' Darling Opens Bailey Tract, Tarpon Bay Ramp
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018 10:00 AM

    The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island announced it has reopened the Bailey Tract and the boat ramp at the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area on Saturday, Sept. 1.

  • 'Ding' Darling Issues Free Federal Land Passes
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018 9:00 AM

    As part of the federal Every Kid in a Park initiative, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is participating by issuing free annual passes to any fourth-grade student and homeschool equivalent in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 school year.

  • 'Ding' Days Photo Contest Deadline Approaching
    Friday, August 31, 2018 11:00 AM

    Sept. 15 marks the deadline for the 26th Annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest. All entries must be submitted electronically.

  • SanCap Lions Club Joins 10K Race as Gold Sponsor
    Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4:14 PM

    The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club has joined the10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. as a gold sponsor. Race day is Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Sanibel Community House, where hundreds of runners will start and finish. The Lions Club proudly supports its worthy cause – the non-profit organization F.I.S.H. of SANCAP.

  • Lee Health Foundation Returns as Sole Premier Sponsor of 10K Race
    Friday, August 17, 2018 4:09 PM

    Lee Health Foundation returns as the sole premier sponsor of the 10th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. set for Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Sanibel Community House. The race has grown in popularity, drawing hundreds of runners from around the globe, throughout the years. It supports F.I.S.H. of SANCAP in continuing to provide important services to those in need, who live, work or visit the islands.

  • SCCF Releases Sea Turtle Nest Count
    Monday, August 13, 2018 9:54 AM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has reported a total of 705 sea turtle nests on both islands this season. The 243 hatched nests have produced 16,830 hatclings to date.

  • 'Ding' Darling Chosen As America's Best Bathroom Finalist
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018 2:57 PM

    The public restrooms at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island are in the top 10 list of contestants in the 2018 America’s Best Bathroom® Contest.

  • CROW Releases Two Sea Turtles; Discusses Safety of Releases
    Monday, July 30, 2018 5:11 PM

    Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife released two sea turtles Friday, July 27, on Vanderbilt Beach, Naples.

    A sub-adult Loggerhead, rescued July 1 near Naples, was treated for Red Tide Poisoning and a juvenile Kemp’s ridley, accidentally reeled in by a fisherman on Fort Myers Beach, was found to have swallowed two fishing hooks. One hook was removed using an endoscope and the second had to be surgically removed.

  • Canterbury Students Kayak Tarpon Bay
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:42 AM

    Students from Canterbury ventured out into Tarpon Bay Thursday, July 19, to experience the vast fauna and winding mangrove forests the bay has to offer. The group consisted of 16 students ranging from fifth to eighth graders.

  • Save the Date for 30th Annual 'Ding' Darling Days
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:23 AM

    Mark the calendar for this year’s “Ding” Darling Days birding and eco-festival at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Fla., the weekend of Oct. 12-14, 2018.

  • Sea Turtle Nesting Season Remains Active
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:00 AM

    The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has reported the sea turtle nesting season remains active with more than 100 hatched nests producing more than 7,000 hatchlings on Sanibel and Captiva. In addition. There have been 81 new nests laid last week on both islands.

  • 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.

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