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New bird list features more species than ever

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation recently launched a new Sanibel-Captiva Bird List that includes all of the 298 bird species that have been observed on the barrier islands, officials reported. The SCCF Sanibel-Captiva Bird List has been developed and vetted by a suite of local ...

Health alert issued for two areas on Sanibel

Today, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County notified the public of red tide blooms near Tarpon Bay Road Beach and Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel, as well as Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park and Bonita Springs Beach Park. Some people may have mild and short-lived ...

Boating accidents increase statewide; Lee ranked fifth

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its 2020 boating accident statistical report which showed a 16 percent increase statewide in accidents and a 21.5 percent increase in the number of people who lost their lives in boating accidents. There were 836 boating accidents ...

Army Corps adjusts Lake Okeechobee releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District reported that it would reduce Lake Okeechobee releases at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) from the current 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1,500 cfs beginning on May 15. The releases will also change from a steady flow to a ...

Zero-emission landscaping workshop set

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Committee of the Islands will co-host a free educational workshop, “Revolution in Sustainable Landscape Maintenance,” for local landscaping companies and their employees on June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bailey Homestead, at 1300 ...

FWC launches Florida Fishing Pier Finder

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a new Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows anglers to find publicly-accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater locations throughout the state. Visit ...

City: ‘Share the Shore’ with Sanibel’s shorebirds, sea turtles

In celebration of all mothers for Mother’s Day weekend, the Sanibel Natural Resources Department reminded residents and visitors to “Share the Shore” with nesting shorebirds and sea turtles. Shorebirds nest on Sanibel from February through August, while sea turtle nesting season begins ...

F.I.S.H. offering summer scholarships for youth

As the school year winds down, many households are wondering what summer care will look like. Uncertainty surrounding childcare and summer camps can add additional stress to working families. Understanding the challenges of finding appropriate programs and the associated costs, F.I.S.H. of ...

F.I.S.H. providing copies of Hurricane Resource Packet

Each year, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva works with the city of Sanibel, Lee County Emergency Management, local hotels and others to plan for hurricane season. As a result of the collaboration, F.I.S.H. develops its Hurricane Resource Packet, which is available to anyone who requests it. The ...

Sanibel Sea School offers marine science opportunities through resorts

In addition to offering ocean experiences at its flagship headquarters on the east end of Sanibel, the Sanibel Sea School has partnerships with resorts on both islands to deliver unique, on-property marine science learning opportunities for children and families. “One of the benefits of ...