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San-Cap Audubon to present ‘Protecting Sanibel & Captiva — The Conservation Story’

By Staff | Feb 8, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Betty Anholt and Charles LeBuff

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host long-time island historians and authors Betty Anholt and Charles LeBuff for a presentation, “Protecting Sanibel & Captiva – The Conservation Story,” on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

They will visually discuss the aspects and history of the islands’ conservation ethics, which they have each contributed to and is the subject of their new book, titled “Protecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands: The Conservation Story.” They will showcase the historical activities that have preserved the islands.

Anholt is a long-term student of the state’s natural and social history and, in particular, Southwest Florida and the islands. She has published four books, along with articles, columns and smaller pieces. Anholt has canoed the Suwannee from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico and crossed the Everglades by paddle. Her volunteer activities have included city committees, local organizations and extensive work in archaeological work and research.

In 1967, LeBuff was selected to fill the number two position at the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge – now the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – from which he retired in 1990. He was president of the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society and founding board member of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. LeBuff also founded and directed the loggerhead sea turtle conservation project, called Caretta Research Inc., which has continued since 1992 under the auspices of the SCCF.

This is the seventh of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Protecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands: The Conservation Story”

A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.