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SCCF beach cleanup event to be staged next week

By Staff | Apr 18, 2011
Sea turtles may be injured, or even killed, if they consume plastic bags and other debris dumped into local waters.

Plastic afloat in the ocean is deadly to sea turtles and other marine creatures. On the morning of Tuesday, April 26, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is asking you to lend a hand to remove debris from the beaches.

We can all get enthusiastic about putting litter in its place, but this time of year, it requires a bit of self restraint. All litter is bad, but if the debris is in the vegetated area of the beach, we are going to ask you to let it lie. That is because the snowy plovers, master of disguise, may be sheltering their nest or a hiding a chick.

None-the-less, this is a chance to get some the litter out of the way for our girls to return to the islands. Official start to sea turtle nesting season is May 1, although turtles on other nearby beaches have in years past come ashore earlier. It is a bit of a contest to see if Captiva or Sanibel gets a nest first. The water is warm, which is a good indicator to the start of the season. The season continues through Oct. 31.

The kids at the Sanibel Recreation Center are attacking the Blind Pass, Bowman’s Beach and Tarpon Bay area. Help is needed on Captiva and the eastern end of Sanibel. The eastern end is where most of the snowy plovers have been seen recently, so be on the lookout. Even the most watchful of person can pass by the birds without noticing them.

Every litter bit helps. Bring your bag of stashed trashed to SCCF on April between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and enjoy some of the Foundation’s “tube steaks.” John Morley and Wally Kain will be waiting at the grill for you. Sheila Morley and Joan Kain are on catsup, mustard, onion and relish duty. See you there!