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SCCF attends groundbreaking for Curtain Wall project

Elected officials, federal, state and local government agencies, and environmental groups gathered on Aug. 20 at the eastern edge of the Everglades in Miami-Dade County to celebrate the groundbreaking of a project designed to help restore the River of Grass, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation ...

Volunteers needed for World Shorebird Day count

For the sixth year, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will participate in global shorebird counts as part of World Shorebirds Day, with the 2021 count window to be held from Sept. 1-7. The counts have been conducted during the first week of September since 2014 to spread awareness ...

Volunteers assist SCCF with marine habitat restoration

On Aug. 20, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Marine Lab and Coastal Watch team were joined by nine volunteers for an oyster reef and mangrove restoration project on Benedict Key in the Pine Island Sound. They distributed 125 buckets of fossil shell and planted 1,000 red mangrove ...

Sea turtle volunteers busy with hatching season

On Aug. 25, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that sea turtle nesting season is all but over. In the past two weeks, only eight new nests had been laid, compared to 81 nests for the previous two weeks. More nests might be laid sporadically over the next several weeks as ...

Color-blind testers react to new refuge scope

On Aug. 4, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel unveiled its new spotting scope engineered with special EnChroma lenses that enhance vision for color-blind people. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that the refuge will eventually ...

Awards celebrate hospitality industry, top tourism professionals

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau held its 21st Annual Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards on Aug. 26 at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater in Fort Myers to honor tourism professionals and their extraordinary customer service and ...

DDWS attends chamber’s business luncheon

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge representatives attended the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce's business luncheon on Aug. 11 at the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach to network with the business community and learn more about water quality ...

Staying bullish at a market peak

Take note of the past 18 months: We all just experienced one of the more confounding roller-coaster markets of our careers. No doubt, investors can wipe their foreheads in relief that stock prices not only recovered all their early 2020 losses but have touched record highs consistently since ...

John R. Wood to serve as sponsor

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that John R. Wood Properties is a Great Blue Heron sponsor for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge's 33rd annual “Ding” Darling Day celebration. The event will take place on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

Rainy season provides reminder that fish can walk

During the onslaught of heavy rains on Sanibel, some remarkable things can be seen. Everything from frogs, crayfish and fish emerge to take advantage of the sudden abundance of fresh rainwater. Perhaps you have seen a walking catfish? The invasive fish from Southeast Asia is — unfortunately ...