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Registrations being taken for International Coastal Cleanup

In coordination with Keep Lee County Beautiful, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is serving as coordinator for the islands for the Ocean Conservancy's annual International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 19. Every September for 34 years, ICC has motivated over 9 million people from around ...

BMNSM receives funding from national organization

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has been awarded a $121,381 grant from the National Science Foundation to support a critical shell collection project in partnership with 14 other major science institutions. Led by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, the project ...

Fledglings continue to be spotted at regional beaches

On Aug. 19, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht reported that the Sanibel snowy plover fledglings continue to move around the region. Through reports received via email, Facebook, eBird and the Bird Banding Lab, staff learned that four of the five ...

F.I.S.H. distributes school supplies, offers tutoring aid

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva's Back-to-School Supplies Program for the 2020-21 school year distributed supplies to 128 school-aged children, which included the essentials, plus extras for those returning to campus, where communal supplies will not be as available as in years past due to COVID-19 ...

Sea turtle hatching season peaking; nesting nears end

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Sea Turtle Team has only discovered six new nests since Aug. 5, but 42 new hatches have been documented since, officials reported on Aug. 19. A total of 415 nests on Sanibel and Captiva have hatched so far, with 23,364 hatchlings leaving the ...

TBE to offer discount to local residents throughout September

During the month of September, Tarpon Bay Explorers will offer a 25 percent discount to Lee, Charlotte and Collier county residents for several rentals and tours. The discount apples to rentals of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and bicycles, as well as its kayak tours, boat tours and SUP ...

Marine lab launches Webpage focused on oysters

Over the past decade, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has been actively working to restore oyster reefs in the areas around Sanibel and Captiva. The lab conducts routine monitoring of oyster reef health, targeted research on specific oyster attributes, and has restored a dozen ...

What is sustainable seafood?

The word sustainable is used often, but have you heard this referenced when speaking about seafood? Sustainable seafood is seafood that has been caught or farmed in a way that supports productive fisheries and has minimal environmental, economic and social impacts. The demand for seafood is ...

Gag grouper fall season to open in four-county region

The gag grouper recreational season in the Gulf state waters off of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open for harvest on Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31. Monroe County state waters follow Atlantic ...

High diversity of freshwater fish on Sanibel

The high diversity of freshwater fish species on Sanibel is a result of both natural and human-induced transportation to the island. Small live bearing species such as mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki), sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna) and least killifish (Heterandria formosa) likely ...