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San-Cap Audubon presents: ‘The New and Enhanced Nature Trails of Sanibel’

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

Holly Milbrandt PHOTO PROVIDED

Whether you are an avid birder or just enjoy an occasional nature walk, Holly Milbrandt, environmental biologist for the city of Sanibel, will fill you in on “The New and Enhanced Nature Trails of Sanibel.”

Holly’s program, the second of Sanibel-Captiva Audubon’s 2015 lecture season, will be presented Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Did you know that you can walk from the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce to Roadside City Park in the midst of glorious flora and fauna and out of sight or sound of Periwinkle traffic? Did you know that this was made possible by The Starr Thomas Memorial Boardwalk completed in March 2014 which connects the City’s Pond Apple Park Trail to the Shipley Trail and SCCF’s Bailey Homestead Preserve?

What’s more, these are only a few of the many trails available on our beautiful, conservation focused island. So many organizations on our island are working together with the city to provide us with a nature trail system second to none. Holly’s presentation will provide details on these new trail additions and plans for future trails.

Holly Milbrandt began working for the city of Sanibel in 2006. Before becoming the environmental biologist for the city’s Natural Resources Department, she spent three years as the education director for Tarpon Bay Explorers, the concessionaire at “Ding” Darling. She is also currently serving as the Acting Natural Resources Department Director, while director James Evans is on special assignment regarding water quality issues. Holly holds a BS degree in biology from Furman University and a MS degree in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston. Her master’s thesis investigated the effects of pesticide runoff from the Dade County Agricultural area on microbial communities of adjacent canals on Florida Bay.

Although not a true Florida “native,” Holly grew up in Sarasota, and enjoyed her first of many annual family vacations to Sanibel in 1978.

This is the second of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held in 2015 on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $5 donation is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For additional information, call Elaine Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at san-capaudubon.org.