SCCF launches podcast in honor of Earth Day
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation launched a podcast that connects listeners to nature through conversations with people who are dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources for the islands and surrounding watershed.
The first episode on “Island. Water. Wildlife.” honors the origins of the SCCF sea turtle monitoring program, which is one of the longest-running sea turtle conservation efforts in the world.
Program founder Charles LeBuff and SCCF Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan join SCCF’s Communications Director Barbara Linstrom for a conversation about how the program began in 1959 and its success over the years as a conservation effort, as well as highlights of the current nesting season that began on April 15 and will continue through October.
LeBuff, who is the last living founding board member of the SCCF, openly and vividly shares his memories of creating the first sea turtle monitoring program in the state, as well as the advocacy in the 1970s that led to getting sea turtles federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.