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Air potato hunting helps rid island of invasive specie

By Staff | Apr 8, 2015

The kids of Island Woods on Sanibel went air potato hunting during their break from school. They collected over 1,500 potatoes, which are considered an evasive specie to the island. The collectors included (L to R) Max and Lilly Doster, Susanna and Finn Howell, Kate Doster and Julia Lemon. PHOTO PROVIDED

To the editor:

I wanted to let everyone know that the kids of Island Woods went hunting today. Hunting. for air potatoes that is.

In the words of Mary Poppins, “everything is better when you turn it into a game.”

So. The Island Wood’s HOA Board supported our first ever Kids Potato Hunt. The Howell and Doster Kids (and our friend Julia Lemon) took to the 3 conservation areas to remove these nasty pests.

The game; each kids must collect at least 15 air potatoes to earn an ice cream at the new Love Boat Ice Cream Shop over at Jerry’s. (Paid for by the Island Woods HOA!)

For the next few hours, the hunt was on!!! After filling our buckets twice, we finished our last hunt around 2 p.m.

As to the results, we collected over 1,200 air potatoes!!! They have been bagged and ready for Thursday pickup.

The kids had a great time. Taking the time to explain to them the impact that these plants have on our island and knowing that THEY CAN HELP with the problem, was a GREAT experience.


Geoff Doster