• 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.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Zebra Butterfly

    Since 1996, the Zebra Longwing Butterfly has been classified as the state butterfly of Florida. It's easily identified by it's long, narrow wings that are black with light yellow zebra-like stripes. It flourishes in damp, tropical areas and is typically found in hammocks and thickets. Due to this habitat preference, south Florida is the most common area in the state to find this butterfly. The passion vine / passion flower is the host plant to the Zebra Longwing. The host plant is the plant that the larvae ( caterpillar ) feeds on. The larvae of the Zebra Longwing have white bodies and long black spines and a yellow head. Several larvae will hatch from eggs laid on the underside of a leaf and these veracious caterpillars will continuously eat, grow quickly and if conditions are right can go from egg to butterfly in just a little over three weeks.

     

    The Zebra Longwing can be seen all around the islands. Native passion vine is throughout the island, providing the needed host plant for generation after generation of this butterfly.

  • Sea School Campers Celebrate The Calusa

    Calusa Week, a week in celebration of the Native Americans who were the earliest known inhabitants of Florida’s southwest coast, is a favorite among Sanibel Sea School campers each summer. The Calusa were fierce, strong seafarers and their history can teach us many things about how to coexist with the sea. Participants explored their culture from various angles, retracing their footsteps to become young ocean warriors.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Eastern Phoebe

    The Eastern Phoebe is in the Flycatcher family and is considered an early migrant, bringing with it hope that spring is at hand. They often nest on buildings and bridges and prefer woodland edge habitat, which makes the golf course a great place for it to spend it's days hunting for food during the winter months in Florida. It's common winter range to be found is from the coastal Carolinas, along the Southeastern U.S. shoreline to western Texas. The Phoebe feeds on mostly insects such as small wasps, bees, beetles, flies and grasshoppers. In many cases, it catches flying insects in mid-air for a meal. The Phoebe also eats fruits and berries during the cooler months and these are considered an important part of the winter diet. Although not seen on the islands at this time of the year, the Phoebe is a great birdwatching favorite to keep an eye out for during our Florida winters.

  • SWEET SHOTS FROM THE SANCTUARY GC: Yellow Rat Snake
    Rat snakes are the one of the largest kinds of species of snakes, with over 50 types of sub-species. One of the most common of this large group is the Yellow Rat Snake. They are a relatively large constrictor snake, growing up to five to seven feet in length, and in the south are yellow in color with long brown stripes that cover the entire length of the snake. Yellow Rat Snakes are found along the coastal United States, with the most populated area of them in Southern Georgia and along the Savannah River in the Carolinas. Being that they are found mostly near water, they are excellent swimmers. They are most active at dusk and throughout the night and as their name indicates, the most common food in it's diet is rats. Their diet is quite varied though and the young survive on lizards, frogs and mice.
    
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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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