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By Staff | Mar 10, 2020

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

Bowman’s Beach Walk

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation provides a guided walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at the foot of the bridge that crosses the bayou on the way to the beach, at 1700 Bowman’s Beach Road, Sanibel. Walk is free; attendees must pay to park. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.

F.I.S.H. Workshop

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and Dr. Brian Formolo, of Sanibel-Captiva Chiropractic & Wellness, will present “Anti-Aging: How to Live a Longer and Healthier Life” from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For information, call Kathy Y. Monroe or Anthony Morales at the F.I.S.H. Walk-In-Center at 239-472-4775.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Interior Wetlands Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk. Meet at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s bird life and ecology with a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Making the Land Work

A walking tour of the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 10 to 11 a.m. that blends the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s work on the historic property, history of the land and stories about the Bailey family. Suggested donation of $5. Meet at the head of Shipley Trail, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1932 or visit www.sccf.org.

Florida’s Venomous Wildlife Program

Learn about the venomous wildlife that lives in Southwest Florida from 11 to 11:30 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Interior Wetlands Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk. Meet at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

F.I.S.H. Community

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will provide Complimentary Tax Return Preparation – by appointment only – from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers tax assistance for qualified taxpayers. IRS certified volunteers will be on-site providing complimentary tax return preparation for households earning $66,000 or less per year. For information or an appointment, call Kathy Y. Monroe or Anthony Morales at 239-472-4775.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

Beach Walk

Join the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a guided exploration of Perry Tract from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; parking fees apply. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Meet at the Gulfside City Park parking lot on Algiers Lane, off of West Gulf Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Indigo Trail Walk

Naturalists lead a tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem’s plant and animal species from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Bailey Tract Tour

Walk the trails of the Bailey Tract with a naturalist from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about the inhabitants of the freshwater ecosystem of Southwest Florida. Meet at the Bailey Tract parking lot at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

Indigo Trail Walk

Naturalists lead a tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem’s plant and animal species from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Saturday Family Storytime

An all-ages program from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

Saturday Crafterday

Saturday Crafterday will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. For grades 1-6, it entails seasonal craft-making lead by Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483 or visit sanlib.org.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about the Order Crocodilia, including crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Story and Wildlife Wonders Program

Join a naturalist for storytime and learn about different wildlife that call the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge home from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

Beach Walk

Join the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a guided exploration of Perry Tract from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; parking fees apply. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Meet at the Gulfside City Park parking lot on Algiers Lane, off of West Gulf Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Endangered Species Program

Discover endangered species of Southwest Florida and what you can do to help them from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.

MONDAY, MARCH 16

Weeds & Seeds

Join a group of amateur botanists who enjoy finding and identifying native plants on Sanibel and the Caloosahatchee watershed from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Walks are guided by a leader with a plant list. Meet at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road. For information, call 239-472-1932 or visit www.sccf.org.

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Horseshoe Crabs Program

Learn why the “living fossil” is not a “true crab” and its importance to migrating shorebirds and to the medical field from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about the Order Crocodilia, including crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Making the Land Work

A walking tour of the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 2 to 3p .m. that blends the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s work on the historic property, history of the land and stories about the Bailey family. Suggested donation of $5. Meet at the head of Shipley Trail, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1932 or visit www.sccf.org.

Monday Night Film

BIG ARTS will hold its Monday Night Film at 7 p.m. at the Christensen Hall, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The film is “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem” (2018). For information and tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17

Birding the Refuge Tour

Follow a naturalist along Wildlife Drive in your car from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s bird life and ecology with a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

‘Ding’ The Man

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s namesake, “Ding” Darling, plus see memorabilia from his life as a cartoonist and learn about his conservation achievements from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Nature Photography Program

Learn about the art of nature photography from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Interior Wetlands Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk. Meet at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.

Calusa/Shell Mound Trail Tour

Naturalists will fascinate with the Calusa people’s history and teach about native Florida plant life on the boardwalk trail from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Meet at the Shell Mound Trail parking lot on Wildlife Drive; entrance fee applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.