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Sierra Club’s Daltry is keynote speaker for Osprey Foundation annual meeting

By Staff | Mar 16, 2010

A pair of hungry osprey chicks await feeding.

Marti Daltry will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of The International Osprey Foundation on Sunday, March 28 at the Sanibel Community House. She will discuss red tide, red drift algae and other harmful algal blooms, their impact on our health, economy and environment and how we can be part of the solution to this problem, which is caused by excessive nutrient runoff into our waters.

Daltry, a Pennsylvania native, became a Lee County resident in 1976. In 2004, she enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University and as part of the graduation requirements completed community service hours with the river advocacy group, the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association aka Riverwatch. She graduated in December 2006 with a BA in communications.

Daltry’s work with Riverwatch as public relations contact, board member and eventually president, provided the experience needed to for her to become an organizer for the Fort Myers office of The Sierra Club.

As organizer for the Red Tide Campaign, one of her goals is to form coalitions made up of residents, organizations, businesses, civic clubs, etc. with the mission of implementing policies to reduce red tide, which affects marine life as well as the creatures that feed on it, including ospreys.

Daltry has worked building a coalition that was instrumental in getting the Lee County Commission to adopt a fertilizer ordinance that pertains to homeowners as well as professional landscapers. She has been successful in getting similar ordinances passed in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach and Fort Myers and is working on getting a fertilizer ordinance passed in Cape Coral.

She resides in North Fort Myers with husband Wayne Daltry, former Smart Growth Director for Lee County.

The meeting will take place at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, starting at 7 p.m. with a short business meeting. There will be a nesting season update, followed by the speaker. Admission is free to members; a $3 donation is requested of non-members.