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CIYC to host SCCF speakers on Nov. 11

By Staff | Oct 27, 2009

The Captiva Island Yacht Club will host two staff members from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for an environmental meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

SCCF research associate Mark Thompson will present a summary of findings related to the first year of a Captiva Community Panel funded study that is attempting to identify potential water quality problems around Captiva.

The two-year study hopes to ultimately determine the likely sources of periodic elevated levels of bacteria and poor water quality in the near-shore waters of Captiva.

SCCF Education Director Kristie Anders plans to talk about the estuary, not as a scientist or ecologist, but as an observer.

She will explain how she has come to know that charts are meaningless in a strong east wind – some of the reasons the tides are so peculiar in the Gulf of Mexico, what wading bird navigation is all about and why manatees don’t always stay in the idle speed zones.

According to CIYC event committee member Tom Farmer, Anders presentation will be a light-hearted, educational look at the nature of Pine Island Sound.

“I went on a cruise with her a couple times and she always brings an interesting story with her about the surrounding islands and their history,” said Farmer, who explained that this program will be beneficial for islanders, as well as folks who are just making their way back to Captiva.

“It’s appropriate now. I think it’s always interesting to talk about your environment and, especially with the snowbirds coming in, they can get caught up to what’s been going on,” Farmer said. “We’re hoping for a large crowd. I would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in having a great time and learning more about the area we live and vacation in.”

The environmental meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the yacht club, located at 15903 Captiva Drive. This is a free event and open to the public. If you have questions, please call the Captiva Island Yacht Club, 472-9627.