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Island Calendar

January 14, 2020
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15

Bowman's Beach Walk

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation provides a guided walk from 9 to 11 a.m. along the beach toward Blind Pass and along the back dune/bayou trail. Meet at the foot of the bridge that crosses the bayou on the way to the beach, at 1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel. Walk is free; attendees must pay to park. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The tour highlights the natural wonders of the mangrove ecosystem and its wildlife; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Interior Wetlands Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges. Meet at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Make Your Own Bitters

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host a hands-on workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. exploring the use of local botanical ingredients to create aromatic bitters. Led by author Ellen Zachos at the Bailey Homestead Preserve, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Cost is $30. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee, one of America's threatened species, as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save the species from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Spoken Word Open Mic

Spoken Word Open Mic will take place at 7 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Island and Southwest Florida poets and writers will perform their latest works, and members of the audience are invited to join them on stage by reading original works or a favorite poem or prose passage. To participate, come early and sign the reader list. Admission is $5; cash only. For information, contact Joe Pacheco at 239-472-1280.

THURSDAY, JAN. 16

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's bird life and ecology in a tour with a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Making the Land Work

A walking tour of the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 10 to 11 a.m. that blends the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's work on the historic property, history of the land and stories about the Bailey family. Suggested donation of $5. Meet at the head of Shipley Trail, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1932 or visit www.sccf.org.

Florida's Venomous Wildlife Program

Learn about the venomous wildlife that lives in Southwest Florida from 11 to 11:30 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Interior Wetlands Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges. Meet at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

FRIDAY, JAN. 17

Beach Walk

Join the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a guided exploration of Perry Tract from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; parking fees apply. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Meet at the Gulfside City Park parking lot on Algiers Lane, off of West Gulf Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Battle of the Atlantic 1942

Although the Battle of the Atlantic was fought from 1939-1945, the presentation will focus on the year 1942 with special attention given to the disaster involving Convoy PQ17. Duane Shaffer will present the strategy and tactics of the naval campaign from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2483 or visit sanlib.org.

Indigo Trail Walk

Naturalists lead a tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem's plant and animal species from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Bailey Tract Tour

Walk the trails of the Bailey Tract with a naturalist from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about the inhabitants of the freshwater ecosystem of Southwest Florida. Meet at the Bailey Tract parking lot at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

Indigo Trail Walk

Naturalists lead a tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem's plant and animal species from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about the Order Crocodilia, including crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Learn how to identify families and local species. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Story and Wildlife Wonders Program

Join a naturalist for storytime and learn about different wildlife that call the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge home from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

Beach Walk

Join the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a guided exploration of Perry Tract from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; parking fees apply. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Meet at the Gulfside City Park parking lot on Algiers Lane, off of West Gulf Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Endangered Species Program

Discover endangered species of Southwest Florida and what you can do to help them from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee, one of America's threatened species, as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save the species from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

MONDAY, JAN. 20

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The tour highlights the natural wonders of the mangrove ecosystem and its wildlife; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Travels in the Antarctic

Robin Heid and Doug Webster will present a video about their trip to the Antarctic Peninsula from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, plus additional photos and video. They will answer questions about their experiences and the logistics, costs and options of travel. For information, call 239-472-2483 or visit sanlib.org.

Horseshoe Crabs Program

Learn why the "living fossil" is not a "true crab" and its importance to migrating shorebirds and to the medical field from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about the Order Crocodilia, including crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Learn how to identify families and local species. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Monday Night Film

BIG ARTS will hold its Monday Night Film at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Theater, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. The film is "Capernaum" (2019). For information and tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

TUESDAY, JAN. 21

Birding the Refuge Tour

Follow a naturalist along Wildlife Drive in your car from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's bird life and ecology in a tour with a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

'Ding' The Man

Learn about the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's namesake, "Ding" Darling, plus check out never-before-seen memorabilia from his life as a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and learn about his conservation achievements from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Reduce Your Risk

Dr. Brian Formolo will present "Reduce Your Risk for The Big Three: Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease" from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Learn how to significantly reduce risk for all three health threats with proactive strategies backed by scientific research. For information, call 239-472-2483 or visit sanlib.org.

Nature Photography Program

Learn about the art of nature photography from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Interior Wetlands Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges. Meet at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.

Calusa/Shell Mound Trail Tour

Meet naturalists who will fascinate you with the Calusa people's history and teach you about native Florida plant life on the boardwalk trail from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Meet at the Shell Mound Trail parking lot on Wildlife Drive; entrance fee applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.

 
 

 

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