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Every Wednesday morning through Mar. 25, you are invited to join an SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) volunteer guide and an SCCF staff member for an informative nature walk at Bowman’s Beach from 9 to 10am.
On Feb. 26, SCCF Guide Wendy Kindig and SCCF Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan were joined by five women friends from Connecticut following a rain shower with a moderately low tide. Sloan discussed the sea turtle nesting program and answered questions.
“There was a fresh wrack line to explore. We found a good variety of macroalgae of which four were found in the new SCCF Algae ID Guide,” said Kindig. “Also spotted along the shoreline was a fresh skate egg case and a sea hare which when we returned it to the water it squirted red fluid which they do as a defense.”
It’s a great time of year to see birds on the walks as well. There were many sanderlings, a few willet and black-bellied plovers. On occasion, the walkers have also spotted Wilson’s plovers. A bald eagle’s nest with two growing chicks is also able to be viewed from the beach.
While walking back the path parallel to the beach, the tour often includes discussion of the native plants and gopher tortoise.
“We always learn something new which makes the walk worthwhile,” said Kindig.
Meet your SCCF guide at Bowman’s Beach at the foot of the bridge that crosses the bayou on the way to the beach. Your guide will lead you along the beach towards Blind Pass and back along the back dune/bayou trail. Learn about SCCF’s 52-year role in island preservation. No registration needed. Free to all. You must pay to park.