homepage logo

San-Cap Nature Calendar donates $800 to Turtle Time, Inc.

By Staff | Oct 4, 2010

The front cover of the 2011 edition of the Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar features the image of a pair of white ibises, captured by photographer Sara Lopez.

Jim Fowler, publisher of The Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar, announced on Friday a donation of $800 to Turtle Time, Inc. This is the 22nd annual donation from this publication to a Florida-based conservation organization.

Since first publishing the calendar in 1988, it has become a tradition each fall to donate a portion of the proceeds to one of the organizations listed inside the rear cover.

“(The calendar was) created from an idea that took seed during my island experiences since I first came to Sanibel in the early ’70s, I have tried every year to put together a calendar that truly shows the natural beauty of the islands,” Fowler said.

Turtle Time was selected because of its continuing efforts to support survival of the loggerhead sea turtle. For 21 years, Turtle Time and its volunteers have conducted beach patrols and nest monitoring in the Fort Myers Beach to Bonita Beach coasts. Turtle Time is the Florida state-permitted monitoring organization for sea turtle activity from Fort Myers Beach to the Lee-Collier county line.

In addition, Turtle Time continues to educate the public on the effects of beach lighting and turtle nesting season do’s and don’ts, locate and protect active nest sites and document hatchling success rates.

Last fall, $1,000 was donated to the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society. To date, this publication has donated $16,489.25 to conservation organization in Florida.

Previous donation recipients have included C.R.O.W. ($1,000 in 2004, $600 in 2001 and $400 in 1990), Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation ($1,000 in 2006, $500 in 2000 and $1,000 in 1994), Calusa Nature Center ($650 in 2002 and $500 in 1996), Sanibel-Captiva Audubon ($700 in 2003 and $484 in 1992) and Save The Manatee Club ($700 in 2008 and $500 in 1997).

“It continues to be my goal every year to publish a calendar that not only is beautiful and useful, but also promotes wildlife conservation through interest, information and education,” added Fowler.

The calendar retails for $13.95 and is sold throughout Southwest Florida in book stores, gift shops and other retailers. Mail orders send $13.95 (plus $2 shipping and handling) to: Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar, P.O. Box 356, Sanibel, FL 33957. For the custom-printed Blind Pass Tide edition, send $16.95 (plus $2 shipping and handling) to the above address.

For additional information, visit www.sancapcalendar.com or call 859-846-4528.

“It is the best calendar in the world, and probably the best calendar that ever was,” Fowler said. “It is the only calendar that truly represents what Sanibel and Captiva are all about — nature!”