Sign erected at preserve on North Captiva
Boaters off the Gulf shoreline of North Captiva can now see a new landmark — a sign recognizing the Charlotte & Delbert Miller Preserve. Donated to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation by C. Douglas Miller in 2016, the sign identifies 11.46 acres in the area known as Charley Pass, where Hurricane Charley temporarily divided the island into two parts. The Miller Preserve runs from beachfront to bayside, providing excellent habitat for lots of species. It welcomes nesting Wilson’s plovers in the summer and is also an important spot for migratory and resident shorebirds, seabirds and wading birds, including piping plovers and red knots. The adjacent bayside shoal is a favorite site for the white pelicans in the winter months. There is a bald eagle nest nearby, and the eagles like to perch on the preserve when not on their nest. It is also valuable sea turtle habitat with high nesting density.