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TBE spotlights naturalists on refuge tours

By Staff | Aug 21, 2019

Tarpon Bay Explorers, the official concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, introduced some of its naturalists who provide the refuge tours for hundreds of island visitors.

– Craig Rumpf hails from Niles, Michigan, and moved to the area a couple years ago to escape the frozen north. His family has been visiting the island for close to 30 years and it did not take long for Rumpf to be charmed by island life. An island resident, he spends a majority of his spare time fishing. Rumpf’s commitment to angling led him to buy his own Hobie fishing kayak, which he takes into the back bayous of the refuge quite often in pursuit of local sport fish, like tarpon, redfish and snook.

– Dick Anderson has worked and lived in Southwest Florida since 1979. A TBE naturalist since 2016, his love of natural places led him to his current post. In combination with his creativity, it also has cultivated a hobby of what he calls “dumpster diving.” There is more to that term than meets the eye. Anderson’s creations are with repurposed material, most commonly driftwood. Many of his creations have been auctioned in CREW’s annual Concert Silent Auction, where he is heavily involved.

Open seven days a week, Tarpon Bay Explorers is at 900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.

For more information, visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com or call 239-472-8900.